Mark Glaze

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Mark Glaze
Born October 21, 1970 [1]
Pueblo, Colorado[1]
Died November 6, 2021(2021-11-06) (aged 51)
Lackawanna County Prison, Scranton, Pennsylvania
Nationality USA
Other names Mark Charles Glaze
Occupation lobbyist
Known for the gun safety group he led started to eclipse the powerful National Rifle Association

Mark Glaze was an American lobbyist, who spent his last ten years working for gun control.[2][3][4][5] He played key roles in Mayors for Gun Safety and its successor Everytown for Gun Safety, from 2011 until his death in 2021. Glaze is reported to have taken his own life, when in jail, on driving while intoxicated charges.[1]

In June 2013, actress Shannon Richardson, tried to assassinate Glaze with a letter tainted with deadly ricin.[6]

Early life

Glaze grew up in Colorado, where his father, an NRA member, and gunshop owner, taught him to hunt.[7][8]

Glaze was a Truman Scholar, and graduated with a degree in Political Economy, in 1992.[8] He earned a law degree from George Washington University Law School in 1996.[8]

Gun control lobbying

On December 21, 2012, Glaze was quoted calling the FBI's records of gun-ownership as being like swiss cheese, because gun owners had to volunteer in order for their guns to be listed.[9] The New York Times picked his comment to be its quote of the day.[10]

In January, 2013, The New York Times quoted Glaze in the context of both sides on the gun-control debate using gun-related metaphors, like "no silver bullet", "on-target", "gun to the head".[11] He acknowledged his side of the debate used these metaphors, and he had quit worrying about them.

In April, 2013, The New York Times quoted Glaze in an article about conflict between the NRA, and a newer and more extreme gun advocacy group, the Gun Owners of America.[12] Glaze encouraged readers to regard the NRA as a political party.

On September 10, 2013, Politico quoted Glaze in advance of a vote over whether to recall two Colorado politicians over gun control issues.[13][14]

“That created a chilling effect that’s been in place for two decades, What we’re seeing is a thaw. Mayor Bloomberg and thousands of other people around the country contributed money, sweat and tears getting bills passed, limiting the scope of this recall effort, that in fact will encourage more people to do the right thing over time. But it’s going to take time.”[13]

Later in September, 2013, The New York Times quoted Glaze in an article about the debate as to whether school shootings would be less dangerous if teachers carried guns.[15] Glaze argued against arming teachers, saying they would be untrained, or poorly trained, and it was more important to keep more guns away from active shooters.

On December 15, 2013, the New York Times magazine referred to Glaze, by name, when it criticized gun control adherents for failing to counter recent NRA initiates to expand the locations gun owners are allowed to carry guns.[14]

Personal life

Glaze, a father of one, was a gay man.[2]

After his death friends and family said that, during his gun control campaigning he had experienced anxiety and sought relief in substance use.[7] They said he had sought help with these issues.


After the Sandy Hook massacre the Wall Street Journal called Glaze "the face of the gun control movement".[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Was Mark Glaze a boozehound? At the age of 51, the founder of the US gun control movement commits suicide". Techno Trenz. 2021-11-08. Archived from the original on 2021-11-09. Retrieved 2021-11-09. "Glaze was born in , on October 21, 1970, to parents Charles Glaze and Nancy Green. He was a Truman Foundation Scholar at Colorado College and a George Washington University Law School honors graduate. He was a member of the Federal Election Reform Commission, which was chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Clay Risen (2021-11-06). "Mark Glaze, Influential Gun Control Advocate, Dies at 51". The New York Times: p. D6. Archived from the original on 2021-11-06. Retrieved 2021-11-09. "A decade later, gun violence is a winning issue for many state and local governments, the N.R.A. is in tatters and Congress is increasingly willing to stand up for gun safety — a drastic shift that many attribute to Mr. Glaze’s tireless organizing and brilliant strategizing." 
  3. "‘A pioneer’: Tributes pour in after death of influential gun control advocate Mark Glaze". The World News. 2021-11-06. Retrieved 2021-11-09. 
  4. Dan Friedman (2021-11-06). "We Lost a Champion of Gun Safety Last Week". Mother Jones magazine. Archived from the original on 2021-11-09. Retrieved 2021-11-10. "Mark Glaze, a prominent gun control advocate, died last week, leaving a country wracked by gun violence without one of its most effective advocates for fighting it." 
  5. "OBITUARY: Mark Glaze, gun reform advocate, dies at 51". The Washington Blade. 2021-11-06. Archived from the original on 2021-11-08. Retrieved 2021-11-10. "He worked as a principal at the D.C.-based political affairs firm the Raben Group and had a variety of issues in his portfolio, including campaign finance reform, government ethics as well as LGBTQ issues and served as director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the largest gun violence prevention group in the country." 
  6. Jill Heller (2013-06-28). "'Vampire Diaries' Actress Shannon Rogers Guess Richardson Indicted On 3 Counts For Sending Ricin Letters". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 2019-04-11. Retrieved 2013-06-28. "The statement went on to say that she had allegedly mailed the letters on approximately May 20. She was subsequently arrested on June 7, in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, KLTV reports. Richardson is also suspected of sending a third tainted letter to Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an organization which Bloomberg founded and co-chaired. Richardson's estranged husband is a gun owner." 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Founder of America’s gun control movement kills himself while in prison on DU charge". Australian News Review. 2021-11-08. Archived from the original on 2021-11-09. Retrieved 2021-11-09. "‘In the last years of his life, Mark actively sought help. He completed several treatment programs, with the hope of finding peace and breaking free of the addictive cycle that caused him to feel so desperately alone and in pain. … We pray that by being open about Mark’s cause of death, something positive may emerge from our devastating loss.’" 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Mark Charles Glaze: 1970 - 2021". Washington Times. 2021-11-08. Archived from the original on 2021-11-10. Retrieved 2021-11-10. "Mark Glaze, "the face of gun control," dies at age 51 Mark Charles Glaze of Washington, D.C. died suddenly on Sunday, October 31, 2021, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, at age 51." 
  9. Michael S. Schmidt; Charlie Savage (2012-12-20). "Gaps in F.B.I. Data Undercut Background Checks for Guns". The New York Times (Clarksburg, West Virginia): p. A1. Archived from the original on 2020-11-12. Retrieved 2021-11-09. "'Until it has all the records of people out there in the country who have been deemed too dangerous to own a firearm, the background check system still looks like Swiss cheese,' said Mark Glaze, director of the group." 
  10. "Quotation of the Day for Friday, Dec. 21, 2012". The New York Times. 2012-12-20. Archived from the original on 2012-12-21. Retrieved 2021-11-09. 
  11. Peter Baker (2013-01-16). "In Gun Debate, Even Language Can Be Loaded". The New York Times (Washington, DC): p. A14. Archived from the original on 2021-11-09. Retrieved 2021-11-09. "Gun control advocates said such lapses are not surprising. 'We do it, too,' said Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an advocacy group co-founded by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York. 'We notice and laugh, and we don’t think it goes to our core motivations. We kind of accept that there’s a piece of us that will always be based in the Old West.'" 
  12. Jennifer Steinhauer (2013-04-04). "Upstart Group Pushes Harder Than the N.R.A.". The New York Times (Springfield, Virginia): p. A1. Archived from the original on 2021-03-11. Retrieved 2021-11-09. "'The N.R.A. is essentially a political party,' said Mark Glaze, the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. 'The big majority is centrist, and the base is ideological. And they’re pulled to the right in a competition for the base with Larry Pratt, and that’s marginalizing them.'" 
  13. 13.0 13.1 Katie Glueck (2013-09-10). "Colo. lawmakers recalled over guns". Politico. Archived from the original on 2021-02-17. Retrieved 2021-11-09. "Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, said in an interview ahead of the final results that until recently, there hadn’t been an organized, well-financed push to challenge the NRA, and pledged to keep fighting." 
  14. 14.0 14.1 Robert Draper (2013-12-15). "Inside the Power of the N.R.A.". The New York Times magazine: p. 48. Archived from the original on 2021-11-03. Retrieved 2021-11-09. "If part of this early stage is figuring out how to exploit the N.R.A.'s vulnerabilities, Glaze and others must also face up to why it is that the N.R.A. has continued to beat them soundly and far more consistently than the Republicans have defeated Democrats — namely, by motivating its supporters to make themselves heard in a way that gun-control adherents haven’t." 
  15. Kim Severson (2013-09-27). "Guns at School? If There’s a Will, There Are Ways". The New York Times (Clarksville, Arkansas): p. A9. Archived from the original on 2013-09-28. Retrieved 2021-11-09. "'The idea that a single relatively untrained teacher is going to bring this person who is heavily armed down is a stretch,' said Mark Glaze, the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. 'The idea is to keep the guns from the hands of the shooter.'"