August 6, 2019

In the 1970s and 80s, the gun lobby faced the threat of an effective national movement to prevent gun violence. To stop that grassroots movement, the NRA borrowed a page from the tobacco industry’s playbook and promoted state preemption of local gun laws. They succeeded in 43 states, but in the handful of states that …

May 7, 2018

Christian Science Monitor, March 2018. “There is some remarkable overlap between what the tobacco industry invented 30 years ago, and the strategy of the NRA and its supporters today,” says Mark Pertschuk, a longtime expert and organizer for both the anti-tobacco and anti-gun movements. For instance, both the tobacco and …

September 27, 2017

Guns.com, Chris Eger, September 26, 2017- A Pittsburgh Democrat was so shocked by seeing firearms displayed in an area park last month that he has proposed an ordinance to the City Council to prohibit the practice. Pittsburgh Councilman Dan Gilman observed protestors in Mellon Park including some carrying what appeared to be firearms, TribLive.com reported. …