We lost a gun safety champion last week – Mother Jones

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Mark Glaze at a press conference to urge Congress to pass gun control legislation on February 6, 2013. Chris Maddaloni / CQ Roll Call

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Mark Glaze, a prominent gun control advocate, died last week, leaving a country ravaged by gun violence without one of its most effective supporters to fight it.

Glaze was born in 1970 in Pueblo, Colorado. He attended Colorado College and then George Washington University Law School, and later worked at the Washington-based political affairs firm Raben Group. Glaze, who was gay, joined the human rights campaign in 2010, helping the group push Congress to repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” He moved into the gun safety movement after the Newtown, Connecticut massacre of 2012. He left behind a son, Archer, aunts, uncles, cousins, and a dog named Tallulah, according to his family.

I met Glaze in 2013, in the US Senate, when he was executive director of Everytown for Gun Safety. He was arguing, unsuccessfully, for the Senate to pass background check legislation, an effort I. reported On.

I remember him as a good-looking, young and sociable guy who wore nice clothes. I didn’t know him well. I talked to him maybe a handful of times. But he seemed like a confident, staid supporter of an influential group, the kind of shitty, successful kind of person you meet in Washington.

Like many people, however, Mark struggled privately. On October 31, he committed suicide at age 51 while being held on DUI and other charges at the Lackawanna County Jail in Scranton, Pennsylvania, family members wrote in a position on FacebookSaturday. According to the Washington Lama, Glaze was involved in a car accident on I-81 in Dunmore, Pennsylvania on 9 September and escaped the scene.

Facebook’s statement on Mark’s death also says this: “As we celebrate the life of our beloved Mark, we shouldn’t mention his heartbreaking struggle with alcohol, depression and anxiety. In the last years of his life, Mark actively sought help. He has completed several treatment programs, hoping to find peace and break free from the cycle of addiction that made him feel so desperately alone and in pain. “

“All those who have been victims of suicide face a moment of unimaginable pain, misplaced guilt and unanswered questions,” the statement continues. “We pray that by being open about the cause of Mark’s death, something positive will emerge from our devastating loss.”

There is no indication that Mark used a gun to kill himself. However, he was the victim of a scourge that he worked to oppose. Nearly two-thirds of all gun deaths in the United States are suicides, according to to Mark’s former organization. Fighting gun violence is fighting suicide. Research Shows that people who have access to guns are far more likely to kill themselves than people who don’t.

Glaze and others in his field have supported the emanation, in 19 states and DC, so-called Red Flag laws, which allow local police to confiscate weapons from people who have threatened to harm themselves or others. These orders aim to stop not only murder, but suicide. Trial suggest they are more effective in preventing people from shooting themselves.

In a tribute posted On Friday, Guns Down America’s Michael Fleming and Igor Volsky, who worked with Mark, said his “results have saved countless lives”.

I believe it is true. Tragically, he was unable to save his own.

Mark’s family said that “if you are thinking about suicide, are concerned about a friend or loved one, or want emotional support, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network is available 24/7 in the United States at number 1-800-273-TALK. “

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