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)
April 23, 2013 |
Don't look for Max Baucus in a new edition of “Profiles in Courage.” My colleague Jon Healey on Tuesday lamented the effect that the Montana Democratic senator's decision to not seek reelection in 2014 will have on an overhaul of the tax code. But my issue with Baucus is far less complex; in fact, I just wonder one thing: Why couldn't Baucus throw us gun control advocates a bone on his way out the door? Recall that last week, Baucus was one of four Democratic senators who voted against extending background checks on gun purchases.
December 20, 2012
Re "Obama weighs options on guns," Dec. 18 The coming weeks will be a true test to see if members of Congress will do what is morally right by banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, and addressing mental health issues. They need to stop hiding behind the 2nd Amendment and have the courage not to worry about their jobs but instead worry about our innocent children being gunned down. FULL COVERAGE: Shooting at Connecticut school They ought to consider how reluctant some families may be to frequent public places.
February 3, 2014 |
Louis DiNatale didn't intend to enter Canada when he and his wife wound up on a bridge from New York state to Ontario province one day in September, misdirected by an unreliable GPS. What began as an American couple's getaway to Vermont quickly turned into a lesson on the stark difference between the U.S. and Canada when it comes to gun laws. DiNatale, whose request to turn around and cross back into the U.S. was denied, then made another mistake. When a border official asked whether he had any weapons, he said no. Then the questions started about guns.
November 12, 2013 |
If a bunch of men with guns showed up outside a restaurant, it might make anyone inside a wee bit nervous. If you happened to be one of four members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense who had gathered for lunch at that restaurant and you looked out the window and saw a group of 40 rifle-toting people staring back at you, you could be forgiven for freaking out. That is what happened at the Blue Mesa Grill in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday. The folks with the guns were a contingent representing Open Carry Texas.
July 25, 2012 |
Ice-T, one of the pioneers of West Coast gangsta rap, has added his voice to the nation's ongoing debate over gun control, saying he does not want more regulations on guns. The rapper-actor was on Channel 4 London News to talk about his recently released directorial debut, “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap,” when news broke about the mass killings at a screening of "Dark Knight Rises" in Colorado last week. He was then asked about his attitudes toward guns and why he defends the right to bear arms.
December 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - After a year that produced limited results, at best, for their cause, advocates of new gun-safety laws are recalibrating strategy, hoping to find more success at the ballot box and upset the conventional wisdom that opponents of gun control have an iron grip on Washington. Political groups seeking to counter the influence of the National Rifle Assn. and others in the gun lobby hope to score some victories in next year's midterm election. But they are setting modest goals.
February 1, 2013
The national effort to crack down on gun violence being led by President Obama is generating encouraging discussion in Congress, where until recently the subject of gun control had been largely taboo. That's good news. On the minus side, there's what is happening in California. Don't get us wrong, there are some worthwhile bills floating around in Sacramento. But most of the bills either introduced or under proposal seem primarily designed to seize headlines on behalf of individual lawmakers in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre.
September 24, 2013
Re "Gun laws for mentally ill not so easy," Sept. 22 The instant background check on Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis is no replacement for an in-depth universal background check. If the media were able so quickly to uncover information about Alexis' troubled history, an in-depth background check would have also. Gun advocates use the fact that the shooter purchased his gun legally with a background check to show that additional laws would be ineffective. In fact, the instant, inadequate background check that Alexis passed is a result of the gun lobby's efforts to limit gun restrictions.
March 31, 2013
Re "Voice of sense in gun debate," Column, March 28 I enjoyed George Skelton's piece on Republican Rep. Mike Thompson, a pro-gun legislator from Northern California who, as Skelton notes, proves you can be "both a gun lover and a gun controller. " FOR THE RECORD: Legislator: A March 31 letter to the editor on gun control misidentified Rep. Mike Thompson, a Democrat from Northern California, as a Republican. - As a member of the National Rifle Assn., I was disappointed that the organization didn't take a more reasonable stance on current gun issues.