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For NRA’s new president, not his father’s gun club
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

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Fresh off victory, NRA looks toward 2014
By Frank Smyth, April 24, 2013, MSNBC

Fresh from its biggest legislative victory in years, the gun lobby is gearing up for its next project: backing their congressional champions in the 2014 midterm elections. But this time the landscape will be different. At least one, if not more, gun reform groups are promising to spend millions of dollars challenging those incumbents who

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How the gun lobby has already blocked Boston’s bombing investigators
By Frank Smyth, April 17, 2013, MSNBC

One avenue of investigation is already closed off to forensic officials working the Boston Marathon bombing case due to efforts dating back decades by the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers. The FBI said Tuesday that gunpowder, along with pieces of metal and ball bearings, were packed into at least one pressure cooker and another

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Gun lobby helps block US from signing UN arms treaty
By Frank Smyth, March 25, 2013, MSNBC

Senators passed an amendment to block the Obama administration from signing any future U.N. Arms Trade Treaty in a 53-to-46 vote early Saturday morning before dawn. The measure, introduced by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., was one of dozens passed as part of an all-night “vote-a-rama” that led to the first national economic budget passed by

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Gun Control and Genocide
By Frank Smyth, March 23, 2013, The Progressive

Here’s why the NRA is dead wrong about gun control causing genocide. But at least they agree with human rights groups about the horrors of the military dictatorship in Guatemala. What does America’s gun lobby have to do with the question of genocide in Guatemala?

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Why it’s so hard to keep guns out of abusive households
By Frank Smyth, March 20, 2013, MSNBC

Richard D’Alauro is the National Rifle Association’s field representative in New York City and surrounding suburbs, and he kept dozens of different firearms of all kinds at his Long Island home. But in 2010, after he was charged in a domestic violence dispute…

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Sequester trumps Sandy Hook: Why gun-control measures may falter
By Frank Smyth, March 15, 2013, MSNBC

Many Americans expected a real change in the nation’s gun laws after the killing of 20 first-graders in Newtown. But three months later, the outcome looks unclear. No fewer than four pieces of legislation have passed a Senate panel over the past two weeks to move to the Senate floor. “It’s a step forward,” Debra

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