December 14, 2012 |
If there's been another tragic mass shooting, there must be pundits all over the mediasphere ranting for or against tighter controls on guns. The arguments follow a predictable course: Advocates point out that gun violence in the United States, presumably because of its laws granting easy access to firearms, is far more common than in more restrictive countries, particularly in Europe. Opponents fire back that criminals will break the law to obtain guns if they want them -- after all, they're criminals, who feel no apparent remorse about mass slaughter.
December 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama stepped up his public commitment to specific gun control measures Friday by asking a like-minded audience to rally around his efforts to pass them. In a video address posted on the White House website Friday morning, Obama asked gun control supporters to help pass laws banning the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips and requiring background checks for all gun purchases. The video message comes in response to an appeal on a White House website, where visitors can post their own petitions and urge others to add their signatures.
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March 4, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO -- Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Republican candidate for governor, on Tuesday likened President Obama to dictators such as Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin on the issue of gun control. The comparison, issued in a tweet , included an image with two rows of portraits. The first one showed George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others who Donnelly said "stood for gun rights. " The second had Obama alongside Hitler, Stalin and King George III as people who "stood for gun control.
April 5, 2013
Re "Gun control, DOA," Opinion, April 3 Doyle McManus' summary of the moribund status of President Obama's gun control proposals reveals an inconvenient truth about the home of the brave and the land of the free: In this country, 20 school-age children could be slaughtered by guns and no meaningful legislation to prevent that would ever be passed. Why? Because the gun fanatics would sacrifice almost anything to stop an "infringement" of their 2nd Amendment rights. By taking this inflexible stance, radical gun owners have convinced those in power that electoral punishment is their fate should they favor any legislation that would lead to "infringement.
December 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), joined by members of her caucus personally touched by gun violence, launched a drive Wednesday to build support for new gun restrictions. "All too often, we see these mass killings, and we mourn for those that have died in the past. And yet ... this time, it is different, and we all know it," said Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), a leading gun control advocate whose husband was killed and son wounded by a gunman on a Long Island train in 1993.
April 3, 2013 |
In my Wednesday column , I reported on the gathering signs that President Obama's push for significant new gun control legislation is dead in the water -- mostly because the National Rifle Assn. has mounted opposition more intense than the support for new measures. The NRA and other gun rights advocates have effectively blocked an assault weapons ban or a limit on high-capacity ammunition clips. Now they're taking aim at the centerpiece of Obama's gun control agenda: expanded background checks that would cover most gun sales, including those between individuals (with an exemption for immediate family members)