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Posters of NRA members line the entrance to the National Rifle Association's convention
Friday, April 13,
2007, in St. Louis. (AP)

NRA Mole Ousted from Gun-Control Groups

August 07, 2008 08:02 AM
by Sarah Amandolare
In a shocking turn of events, Mary Lou McFate has been ousted as a spy for the National Rifle Association, having infiltrated gun control organizations for years.

30-Second Summary

McFate, who also went by the name Mary Lou Sapone (her married name), was accused of being a spy for the NRA in July 2008 by the magazine Mother Jones.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, McFate supported gun-control groups for more than a decade and became heavily involved on the boards of two anti-violence organizations, CeaseFirePA and States United to Prevent Gun Violence. She has also tried to join the prolific Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

The accusation that McFate served as a double agent for the NRA was “contained in a deposition filed as part of a contract dispute involving a security firm,” reported the Sun Times. The newspaper also said McFate has been involved with informant projects for U.S. Surgical.

Since the suspicions have come out in the press, blogs both for and against gun control have been awhirl in speculation and opinion. Many are unnerved by the fact that a high-level organization like the NRA would use such tactics.

“If they’ve got one person, maybe they have more. If they’ve done this dirty trick, what else have they done,” said Brady Campaign president Paul Helmke.

Headline Link: McFate meets her fate

Background: The story breaks

Opinion & Analysis: A bewildered blogosphere


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