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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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Introducing the NRA kingmakers
By Frank Smyth, February 26, 2013, MSNBC

The rites of spring rarely change. Every year, even before the season opens for wild turkey shooting, hunters begin sighting-in their shotguns in the field. And just like the beginning of the hunting season, every spring, members…

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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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How the NRA became the fringe
By Frank Smyth, January 28, 2013, MSNBC

Today’s NRA’s interpretation of the Second Amendment seems to put it to the right of not only most Americans, including most gun owners, but also the Roberts Supreme Court and even Justice Antonin Scalia…

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EXCLUSIVE: Unmasking the NRA’s Inner Circle
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…

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