Influential gun control advocate Mark Glaze dies at 51


“These successes would not have been possible without leaders like Mark who worked to correct the failure of the movement in the wake of the Newtown votes,” said Igor Volsky, executive director of Guns Down, in a telephone interview. .

Mark Charles Glaze was born October 21, 1970 in Pueblo, Colorado. His father, Charles Glaze, owned a gun store and was in the NRA; his mother, Nancy Green, was a housewife.

“If you had told me when I was growing up in the mountains of Colorado shooting guns on weekends with an NRA member and arms dealer dad, the Wall Street Journal would call me the face of the movement. gun control, I’m not sure I believed you, ”Glaze said in a video he made for Colorado College, his alma mater.

Mr. Glaze graduated from Colorado College in 1992 with a degree in political economy and received a law degree from George Washington University in 1996. After graduating in law, he worked for a number of reform organizations. campaign financing before joining the Raben group.

He is survived by his son Archer.

Mr. Glaze has long struggled with drug addiction and depression. His arrest came after he fled the scene of a car accident.

Gun control may have been his legacy and passion, but Mr Glaze said it was something he had just “stumbled upon” in the midst of his job on issues such as labor unions. teachers, gay rights and international human rights.

“The work I love to do,” he said in the Colorado College video, “involves big problem campaigns where you try to change public policy for the better, and those campaigns involve a lot of moving elements. . “

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