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.
By Frank Smyth, April 23, 2014, franksmyth.com
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.
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…
By Frank Smyth, September 18, 2013, The Progressive
Earlier this year, long before this week’s latest tragic shooting at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard, one expert after another predicted the gun lobby’s demise. The horrific massacre of mostly first-grade children in Newtown, Connecticut, seemed to have changed the nation’s views of guns. President Obama and Congressional leaders promised action in Washington. Governors in
By Frank Smyth, August 19, 2013, MSNBC
This year’s gun lobby board election brought a few surprises, as the National Rifle Association has been trying to keep the results (and the low voter turnout) quiet. George K. Kollitides II is the founder and CEO of Freedom Group, America’s largest and most profitable firearms consortium. One of the company’s products is the Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle that was used…
By Frank Smyth, August 18, 2013, MSNBC
Last summer, after Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie showed independence from his own party when he embraced President Barack Obama. The move made Christie a target among his GOP colleagues for appearing to betray then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But Friday night Christie, a possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate, seemed to move back to
By Frank Smyth, May 6, 2013, MSNBC
James W. Porter, Jr. assumed the unpaid, but politically important post of president of the National Rifle Association Monday. While the role puts the Birmingham, Ala., attorney for the first time on a national stage, he is hardly an unknown within the gun lobby. Nearly 20 years ago, I observed Jim Porter in action behind closed doors at