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Mark Glaze, Influential Gun Control Advocate, Dies at 51

“Those 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,” Igor Volsky, the executive director of Guns Down, said in a phone interview.

Mark Charles Glaze was born on Oct. 21, 1970, in Pueblo, Colo. His father, Charles Glaze, owned a gun store and belonged to the N.R.A.; his mother, Nancy Green, was a homemaker.

“If you had told me when I was growing up in the mountains of Colorado, shooting guns on the weekend with a dad who is an N.R.A. member and a gun dealer, that The Wall Street Journal would call me the face of the gun control movement, I’m not sure I would have believed you,” Mr. 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 the George Washington University in 1996. After law school, he worked for a number of campaign-finance reform organizations before joining the Raben Group.

He is survived by his son, Archer.

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

Gun control might have been his legacy and his passion, but Mr. Glaze said it was something he had just “stumbled into” amid his work on issues like teacher unions, gay rights and international human rights.

“The work I like to do,” he said in the Colorado College video, “involves big-issue campaigns where you’re trying to change public policy for the better, and those campaigns involve lots of moving parts.”

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