May 29, 1996 |
Setting up what could be a defining election on gun control, a woman whose husband was killed and whose son was seriously wounded in the 1993 massacre on the Long Island Rail Road announced Tuesday she will run for Congress against a Republican who has supported repealing the ban on assault weapons. Carolyn McCarthy, a 52-year-old former nurse who has become a vocal gun control advocate since the railway attack, switched her registration as a Republican to run as a Democrat against Rep.
May 3, 1998 |
NBC's Sunday movie, "The Long Island Incident," chronicles the inspiring, courageous story of Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.). "I've watched it three times," the congresswoman says. "The first time I cried, mainly because every scene would bring back 100 points of pain." The Long Island housewife and mother's safe, happy life turned upside down on Dec. 7, 1993.
July 11, 1999 |
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) came to politics in the worst possible way: through murder. In December 1993, a deranged man, who had easily acquired a semiautomatic pistol, began shooting at random on a Long Island commuter train, killing six people, including McCarthy's husband, Dennis, and seriously injuring her only child, Kevin.
February 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In May 1999, one month after the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, Senate Democrats triumphantly declared that the politics of gun control had changed. An amendment to require background checks on all buyers at gun shows had just cleared the Senate in dramatic fashion: Vice President Al Gore cast the tie-breaking vote. "It will never be the same again," said Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York. "The vise lock that the NRA has had on the Senate and the House is broken.
July 18, 1999
Re "Legislature OKs Tough Controls on Assault Weapons," July 13: Every time some criminal breaks the law all of us law-abiding gun owners pay the price. Now my 60-year-old semiautomatic historic firearm is classified as an illegal assault weapon and makes me a criminal if I don't pay another fee to re-register it. I am not a criminal but a family man and a professional businessman who is only exercising my 2nd Amendment right to legally own a firearm for sport and family protection.
February 8, 2013 |
Washington -- More than 20 House Democrats are planning to bring people affected by gun violence to President Obama's State of the Union address next week as part of an effort to press for new gun control measures in Congress. Each member of Congress may bring one guest to the State of the Union address, which Obama will deliver Tuesday beginning at 9 p.m. EST. As of Friday afternoon, at least 23 House Democrats had committed to bringing people affected by gun violence, according to Jonathon Dworkin, communications director for Rep.