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OPINION
September 21, 2013
Re "Police warned Navy about shooter," Sept. 19 As journalists dissect the mental health of the individual responsible for the Washington Navy Yard shooting, I want to challenge us to stop focusing exclusively on blaming individuals. Trying to assign a motive is to miss the point. Gun violence is an epidemic in this country. This issue is not about politics or the 2nd Amendment, it's about public health. In Los Angeles County, guns are the second-leading cause of death for young men. If a disease were killing us at this rate, we would be using every tool to do something about it. To those who say gun laws have no effect, research shows that of the 10 states with the strongest gun safety legislation, seven have the lowest rates of gun deaths.
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NATIONAL
April 23, 2014 | By Richard Simon
In Georgia, it will soon be legal to carry a gun in more places -- including bars, churches and government buildings -- following Gov. Nathan Deal's signing Wednesday of a bill celebrated by supporters as a victory for the 2nd Amendment but decried by critics as the "guns-everywhere bill. "  "We Georgians believe in the right of people to defend themselves, and we believe in the 2nd Amendment," Deal said. The measure drew national attention because of its sweep and its passage after a number of high-profile shootings around the country.
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OPINION
December 19, 2012
Re "There is no safety in our vast numbers of weapons," Column, Dec. 16 Steve Lopez and others have exploited the tragedy in Connecticut to get gun control laws added to the many we already have. Anyone who wants a gun will get it. The idea that we can make our country safe by writing a law on paper doesn't acknowledge reality. There are too many people who overlook those laws. Violence cannot be completely avoided. A separate article on Saturday sheds light on the reality.
OPINION
March 27, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Fifteen months ago, as the nation recoiled in horror from the massacre of 20 children and six adults by a mentally ill man armed with three semiautomatic weapons, there were firm proclamations that this time would be different. The violence at that Newtown, Conn., elementary school, it was said, would finally lead the nation to come together and embrace some reasonable gun control laws. Well, that didn't last long. If anything, the national gun frenzy, fueled by the irresponsible lobbyists at the National Rifle Assn., has intensified.
NEWS
March 7, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Research on gun violence is staging a roaring comeback in the nation's leading medical journals, with a study published this week linking the strength of states' gun laws to varying rates of gun violence across the United States. The new study, published "Online First" by JAMA Internal Medicine, looked at rates of violent deaths over four years -- from 2007 to 2010 -- and looked at how their distribution related to the patchwork of state laws governing gun ownership. It found that in those states with the most restrictive gun laws, rates of violent deaths were significantly lower than in those that had the least stringent laws on their books.
NATIONAL
January 23, 2011 | By Bob Drogin, Los Angeles Times
A billboard just outside this Old West town promises "Gunfights Daily!" and tourists line up each afternoon to watch costumed cowboys and lawmen reenact the bloody gunfight at the OK Corral with blazing six-shooters. But as with much of the Wild West, myth has replaced history. The 1881 shootout took place in a narrow alley, not at the corral. Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday weren't seen as heroic until later; they were initially charged with murder. And one fact is usually ignored: Back then, Tombstone had far stricter gun control than it does today.
OPINION
July 4, 1999
I wonder if the Supreme Court will uphold the rights of any state that might want to enact restrictive gun laws. EARL EAGER ALBERT Temple City
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013
Should California tighten gun-control laws in California in response to mass shootings? State lawmakers advanced a dozen measures Wednesday that would toughen some of the strictest gun-control laws in the nation. Under a bill passed by the Senate, ammunition buyers would would have to submit personal information and a $50 fee for a background check by the state, Times Sacramento reporter Patrick McGreevy reported.   The state Department of Justice would determine whether buyers have a criminal record, severe mental illness or a restraining order that would disqualify them from owning guns.
NATIONAL
July 26, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Despite the tough political climate for federal gun control legislation, a coalition of law enforcement groups on Thursday called for background checks on all gun buyers and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines after the Colorado shooting rampage. “After looking at what happened in Aurora, Colo., who could be in favor of these high-capacity magazines?” asked Hubert Williams, president of the Police Foundation and chairman of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence.
NEWS
December 14, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
It seems to happen so often now that everyone knows what's to come. The shooting, followed by identifying the victims, identifying the shooter or shooters, then asking why. The media coverage lasts days or weeks but rarely, if ever, months. That's because the hardest questions take the longest to answer, and time after time, politicians are afraid to ask them. What could have been done to stop this? Or what could be done to prevent these things from happenning again? PHOTOS: Connecticut school shooting Perhaps nothing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court decided Thursday that a San Diego restriction on carrying concealed guns in public for self defense infringes on citizens' 2nd Amendment rights. In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the U.S. 9 th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned San Diego County permit requirements because the court said they denied responsible, law-abiding citizens the right to carry concealed handguns in public for self-defense. California generally prohibits carrying guns, whether loaded or not, in public locations.
OPINION
February 5, 2014
Re "One border, two views on firearms," Feb. 3 I am as much in favor of defending oneself and one's property with as many guns as a person wants. But when I read about Louis DiNatale's arrest after attempting to enter Canada and quickly turn around - after his car's GPS led him astray - because he lost track of a gun he had in his center console, I became concerned. This is not a bag of chips; this is a gun. Keep track of your weapons, and if your memory is fading, perhaps you shouldn't own a gun in the first place.
NATIONAL
February 3, 2014 | By David Zucchino
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.
OPINION
December 13, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The killing last December of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was expected to finally change this country's apathy toward gun control. It seemed impossible, after so many 6- and 7-year-olds cowering in their classrooms were methodically shot and killed by a young man armed with a military-style semiautomatic weapon, that the nation's leaders would not begin to limit access to tools of mass murder. But it didn't happen. A year later, on the first anniversary of the Newtown massacre, reasonable gun control legislation has been blocked in Congress and it's still far too easy to acquire a weapon that can kill a dozen people in seconds.
OPINION
September 21, 2013
Re "Police warned Navy about shooter," Sept. 19 As journalists dissect the mental health of the individual responsible for the Washington Navy Yard shooting, I want to challenge us to stop focusing exclusively on blaming individuals. Trying to assign a motive is to miss the point. Gun violence is an epidemic in this country. This issue is not about politics or the 2nd Amendment, it's about public health. In Los Angeles County, guns are the second-leading cause of death for young men. If a disease were killing us at this rate, we would be using every tool to do something about it. To those who say gun laws have no effect, research shows that of the 10 states with the strongest gun safety legislation, seven have the lowest rates of gun deaths.
NATIONAL
September 10, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In an unprecedented backlash, two state lawmakers who helped stiffen Colorado's gun laws were ousted Tuesday in a recall that turned into a nationally watched referendum on gun control. Colorado Senate President John Morse, who shepherded the legislation to passage, was defeated on a 51%-49% vote. Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo, a fellow Democrat who voted in favor of the measures, lost 56% to 44%. They were replaced by Republicans who opposed the new restrictions.
WORLD
December 19, 2012 | By Carol J. Williams
Twelve days after the worst mass murder in Australian history, when 35 people were shot to death at Tasmania state's Port Arthur tourist mecca in  1996, the government issued sweeping reforms of the country's gun laws. There hasn't been a mass shooting since, and suicides, deaths by firearms and robberies at gunpoint have plummeted. The results of toughened gun rules in Britain after the massacre in the Scottish town of Dunblane that same year weren't so immediate or impressive.
NATIONAL
September 9, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - After 30 minutes of praise to God and several rollicking, hand-clapping hymns, John Morse stepped to the glass pulpit and offered a prayer of his own. "We need you to reach down deep," Morse, the state Senate president, told about 100 worshipers seated Sunday beneath a vaulted ceiling at Grace Be Unto You Outreach Church. "I need you not to just support me," he said, slowing down to emphasize each word. "I need you to vote no. " Last winter, Morse helped push through the Legislature a sweeping package of gun laws in response to the December massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School.
NATIONAL
September 2, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
You know those gun-buyback programs where police purchase weapons in order to destroy them? This week, a North Carolina law goes into effect that blocks police from destroying confiscated or unclaimed firearms. In the polarized post-Sandy Hook political era -- with some liberal states tightening gun laws while conservative legislatures have moved aggressively to loosen restrictions -- North Carolina's gun-destruction policy is among the most unusual policies to take effect. The so-called "save the gun" law, at the urging of the National Rifle Assn., breezed through votes by North Carolina's Republican-controlled Legislature in the spring as the state moved to strengthen gun rights.
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