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The National Rifle Association has worked itself up into such a bilious froth over modest gun control proposals that it has issued what looks like a death threat against New York lawmakers who support them. And New York's Daily News called out the gun lobby on Tuesday's cover, calling the threat an "Act of Terror."

"Just before the fifth anniversary of Rep. Gabby Giffords being shot in the head by a mentally ill zealot, the NRA posts this photo, essentially suggesting two N.Y. pols who dared to support reasonable gun laws be gunned down," the newspaper's cover continued.

NRA publication @NRAA1F shows graphic with bullets next to pics of pro-gun control pols https://t.co/Prd6IfvGDTpic.twitter.com/R6uqbfMHgm

— Metro New York (@metronewyork) January 4, 2016

The NRA's image, posted on Twitter and which the newspaper characterizes as "frighteningly suggestive," shows Democratic State Sen. Roxanne Persaud and Democratic Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, both of Brooklyn, who support an ammunition limit for New York gun owners.

The lobby and its supporters are engaged in an almost Shakespearian public drama over a series of executive gun control measures that President Barack Obama is releasing Tuesday, side-stepping Congress in the process. They have unleashed melodramatic public comments urging Americans to arm themselves. Of course, the new measures don't affect current gun owners.

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How India’s Women Are Fighting Air Pollution — And The Patriarchy

India is one of the world's worst countries for air pollution, with women more likely to be affected by the problem than men. Now, experts and activists are fighting to reframe pollution as a gendered health crisis.

A woman walking through dense fog in New Delhi

*Saumya Kalia

MUMBAI In New Delhi, a city that has topped urban air-pollution charts in recent years, Shakuntala describes a discomfort that has become too familiar. Surrounded by bricks and austere buildings, she tells an interviewer: "The eyes burn and it becomes difficult to breathe". She is referring to the noxious fumes she routinely breathes as a construction worker.

Like Shakuntala, women’s experiences of polluted air fill every corner of their lives – inside homes, in parks and markets, on the way to work. Ambient air in most districts in India has never been worse than it is today. As many as 1.67 million people in the country die prematurely due to polluted air. It is India’s second largest health risk after malnutrition.

This risk of exposure to air pollution is compounded for women. Their experiences of toxic air are more frequent and often more hazardous. Yet “policies around air quality have not yet adequately taken into account gender or other factors that might influence people’s health,” Pallavi Pant, a senior scientist at the Health Effects Institute, a nonprofit in the U.S., told The Wire Science.

“It’s unacceptable that the biggest burden [rests on] those who can least bear it,” Sherebanu Frosh, an activist, added. People like her are building a unique resistance within India.

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