Why Trump’s Second Amendment Comments are More Dangerous than You Think
By Frank Smyth, August 11, 2016, The Progressive

Donald Trump seems to be suggesting that some kind of collective act of resistance may be necessary to stop an overreaching government should Clinton win the November election.

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Why Can’t We Do Anything About Guns?
By Frank Smyth, June 21, 2016, The Progressive

The only thing stopping real gun reform in the United States is a paranoid fear that some future, tyrannical regime would seize Americans’ guns and impose a totalitarian state.

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Despite Widespread Calls For Him to Go, the NRA is Stuck With Nugent
By Frank Smyth, February 16, 2016, The Progressive

Similar to the way NRA bylaws control who gets elected to the board, the same bylaws control how a director may be removed once elected.

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Cat Scratch Fever—Is Ted Nugent’s Racism Too Much for Republicans?
By Frank Smyth, February 10, 2016, The Progressive

How will the NRA respond to Nugent’s anti-Semitic rant? The NRA’s polished leadership has long walked a fine line between extremism and respectability.

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“This is War”: How the CIA Justifies Torture
By Frank Smyth, December 12, 2014, The Progressive

A Defense Department spokesman, Marine Captain Jay C. Farrar, said it is “highly doubtful” that these courses of­fered instruction in abusive interrogation techniques. But according to U.S. Army Special Forces advisers formerly stationed in the region, small courses for selected Salvadoran soldiers regularly included training in “negative-incentive” methods.

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The Times Has Finally (Quietly) Outed an NRA-Funded “Independent” Scholar
By Frank Smyth, April 23, 2014,

David Kopel has managed to establish himself as an independent authority on gun policy issues even though he and his Independence Institute have received over $1.42 million including about $175,000 a year over eight years from the NRA.

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One Year After Sandy Hook, Shooting is Still a Family Sport
By Frank Smyth, December 13, 2013, The Progressive

What was the mother of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter thinking over a year ago? Trying to find a way to somehow help her clearly troubled youngest son. Gun culture is often associated with red states…

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