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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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The Times Has Finally (Quietly) Outed an NRA-Funded “Independent” Scholar
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.

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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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This Is Why the NRA Endures
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

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Gun lobby: Who got elected to the NRA board?
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…

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Christie moves right on gun issues with veto
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

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