‘A pioneer’: Tributes pour in after death of influential gun control advocate Mark Glaze

‘A pioneer’: Tributes pour in after death of influential gun control advocate Mark Glaze

Condolences from allies of the movement to regulate firearms in the US poured in from across the country after it was announced that Mark Glaze, a former director at Everytown for Gun Safety and a leader in the movement, had died. Mr Glaze was 51, and his death was ruled a suicide, a friend told The New York Times. He was incarcerated at Lackawanna County Prison in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge from September. He previously joined one of Everytown’s predecessor organisations, the Michael Bloomberg-founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns, after resigning from a PR firm which contracted him to work for the group. His efforts with Mayors Against Illegal Gus was credited by many activists as part of the reason why the lobby won some victories in the wake of horrific mass shootings across the US including Newtown, Connecticut and Parkland, Florida. Mr Glaze’s strategies were called upon by the Obama White House after the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, though the administration’s efforts to pass bipartisan gun violence legislation ultimately failed. After Parkland, he saw greater success with a wave of boycotts aimed at the National Rifle Association (NRA), which today faces a historic anticorruption suit in New York and has filed for bankruptcy. On Twitter, allies touted Mr Glaze’s work to fight gun violence both on the policy front and in helping grow the movement for gun control itself. “Mark was a pioneer in the anti-gun violence movement. One of the first people […]

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