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, June 13, 2013, MSNBC
After the horror of the Newtown shooting, gun reform advocates expected to finally see a change. Yet Friday marks the six-month anniversary of the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School and, largely due to the efforts of the gun lobby, none of the nation’s federal gun laws have changed. “The NRA and special interests
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
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.
By Frank Smyth, January 16, 2013, Mother Jones
The NRA operates more like a corporation or politburo than a typical nonprofit or lobbying organization. Its shadowy leaders include the CEO who sells Bushmaster assault rifles used in the Newtown tragedy, and a top director who lives a few miles from Newtown’s…