September 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - This month, a leading advocate of stricter gun safety laws argued that momentum had not stalled in Congress and cited an "inevitable fact" as proof. "There will be another mass shooting. And when it happens, members of Congress will have a lot of explaining to do," said Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. That shooting occurred Monday, claiming the lives of 12 people plus the gunman at a secure facility about a mile and a half from the Capitol. Yet sponsors of gun legislation expressed doubt that the Washington Navy Yard shooting would change the stubborn political reality that led to the defeat of a bipartisan proposal in April.
July 30, 2013
Re "Congress has key state laws in cross hairs," July 28 How shameful that some Washington politicians would imperil our state's sensible environmental protection scheme by alleging its drag on interstate commerce. California's environmental quality laws are more farsighted than those of states more reliant on toxic industries. But the industry's adverse effects on the natural world don't magically vanish at state lines; neither should legitimate concerns about the environment.
July 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama said he'll launch an effort this week to “refocus” the attention of lawmakers on the concerns of middle class families, dismissing what he called “phony distractions” that have left his agenda stalled in Congress. Obama will travel Wednesday to Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., a symbolic venue where as a young senator he once spoke about his economic vision, for a speech that he said would serve as the “kickoff” for a series of events in the coming months aimed at “changing the nature of the conversation” in the nation's capital.
July 8, 2013 |
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Snug against the Rockies, this conservative bastion is home to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak, scores of evangelical churches and soon, perhaps, the most significant gun control fight in the country. Unless a judge steps in, John Morse, the Democratic president of the Colorado Senate, faces an unprecedented recall attempt arising from the sweeping gun laws passed after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn. Morse, a former police chief, calls the legislation an act of sublime leadership and said that being tossed from office, if it happens, is worth the price.
June 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The White House plans to announce Tuesday that it has improved gun safety in the country by chipping away at 21 of 23 items on an executive to-do list issued in January. But the progress report will also highlight steps that Congress has not taken, as some of the most significant measures ordered by President Obama will have little effect if lawmakers don't act to give funding or approval. Administration officials say there has been progress on several actions taken by Obama under executive authority, including directives to end the freeze on gun violence research and to reduce barriers that keep states from submitting records to the national background system.
April 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Supporters of stricter gun laws have organization, money and - after the Senate blocked an expansion of background-check requirements - fury. What they don't have is a clear path to changing the political arithmetic of the U.S. Congress. None of next year's Senate races offers a good opportunity to replace a senator who backs gun rights with one who supports tougher laws. Three senators who voted against expanding background checks face tough elections next year.