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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
June 17, 2013 |
Santa Monica shooter John Zawahri was prevented some years ago from buying a firearm, but that didn't stop the gunman with a history of mental illness from killing five people this month in a 10-minute shooting rampage. In his column today, The Times' George Skelton notes that the shooter sprayed 100 rounds of ammunition from his home-assembled weapons and had access to 1,200 more. So where gun control failed to stop a troubled man from using a deadly weapon, Skelton wrote, bullet control could have.
March 4, 2013 |
In my Sunday column , I wrote that Congress has made little-noticed progress on two kinds of gun-control legislation: a stronger system of background checks on gun buyers and tougher federal laws against gun trafficking. But the column was too brief to include much detail; here's more: The most important wrangling in the Senate is over background checks. Two Republicans, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Mark Kirk of Illinois, are working with two Democrats, Chuck Schumer of New York and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, to see if they can agree on a bipartisan proposal.