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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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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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Glenn Beck returns to the NRA as group strengthens ties with gun manufacturers
By Frank Smyth, March 7, 2013, MSNBC

Any remaining doubt about where the gun lobby may be headed after the Newtown Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting seems over now. NRA leaders have endorsed America’s most profitable gunmaking CEO…

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Senate witness on weapons ban funded by gun lobby
By Frank Smyth, February 27, 2013, MSNBC

At the same time that the gun lobby is helping to fuel threatening language on the Internet, it is trying to keep secret its financial backing for key witnesses testifying about gun violence before the Senate Judiciary Committee…

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The gun at the heart of the assault weapons debate
By Frank Smyth, January 30, 2013, MSNBC

The firearm at the heart of the “assault weapons” debate is a Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle used last month in the Newtown, Conn. The NRA maintains it is good for hunting and home defense…

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What the Judiciary Committee Should Ask Wayne LaPierre
By Frank Smyth, January 29, 2013, The Progressive

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on gun violence featuring testimony from the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre, as well as Mark Kelly, the husband of former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat of Arizona, who was shot in the head while holding a public meeting in her district two years ago.

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