July 24, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Second Amendment rights to carry firearms are cherished by most gun owners, a new poll finds - no surprise there. But the same poll says a sizable majority of those same gun owners, even members of the National Rifle Assn., also strongly support some gun control measures. The poll, done for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, found that 76% of gun owners think people on the terrorist watch list should be barred from buying guns, and 68% were in favor of measures requiring gun owners to tell police if their guns are lost or stolen.
July 22, 2012 |
Energized by the horrific shooting violence in Aurora, Colo., the national debate over gun control has taken on new force but shows few signs that the issue will emerge as a major campaign theme. On news talk shows Sunday, Democrat and Republican lawmakers clashed on the issue, while state and local leaders and police commissioners wondered aloud whether stricter control of firearms could have prevented someone like the alleged gunman, James Holmes, a graduate student in neurosciences, from carrying out the early Friday movie-theater assault that killed a dozen people and injured 58 others.
June 26, 2012 |
HOUSTON -- Attorneys for a Houston-area man convicted of murder despite claiming self-defense under Texas' version of a "stand-your-ground" law were expected to present more character witnesses Tuesday as jurors consider his sentence. Raul Rodriguez, 46, was convicted of murder June 13 and faces up to life in prison for the 2010 killing of neighbor Kelly Danaher, 36, an elementary school teacher. Among those expected to testify Tuesday is Rodriguez's wife. Rodriguez, a retired Houston-area firefighter living in Huffman, an unincorporated area 30 miles northeast of Houston, had gone to Danaher's home to complain about the noise coming from a party.
February 22, 2011
When a 19-year-old sophomore named Colton Tooley opened fire with an assault rifle last fall near the UT Tower at the University of Texas, it seemed to some like a horrible rerun: In 1966, the tower was the site of what was then the worst campus shooting in U.S. history, when a sniper firing from the top of the structure killed 14 people. In some states, this kind of history might lead to government action to protect students from gun violence. But not in Texas. Campuses are currently weapons-free zones in Texas.
January 28, 2011 |
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Friday rejected a request from Democrats to hold hearings related to gun safety in the aftermath of the shootings in Tucson earlier this month. All 16 Democrats on the committee, which has jurisdiction over firearms laws, sent a letter to Rep. Lamar Smith, the Texas Republican who recently took charge of the panel, asking him to convene hearings on the use of high-capacity magazines and improving background checks to prevent the mentally ill from obtaining guns.
December 4, 2009
Reasonable people agree that precautions should be taken to keep psychologically impaired individuals from buying guns. In the enduring debate over gun regulation, this has been one area of consensus. That's why it is difficult to fathom legislation proposed by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) that would make it more difficult to keep guns out of the hands of veterans who have been deemed mentally incompetent by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Currently, such veterans fail their federal background checks if they attempt to buy a gun. So Burr wants to add another step to the background check: He proposes that the VA's medical diagnoses be subject to the approval of a judge or magistrate.
February 17, 2008 |
The worst trouble Allen Jaggi has seen in his 40 years here was a 50-below-zero blizzard that shut down the interstate for days. Supplies ran low, but people took care of themselves and one another -- as they always do, the state representative said. In a state that prides itself on its self-sufficiency, Jaggi can't imagine a situation that would dissolve into the chaos that characterized Hurricane Katrina.
July 25, 2006
Re "Gangs Cling to Westside Haunts," July 19 The fatal gun attacks on three Westside high school students remind us that there is an unacceptable number of firearms in our community. Westside, Eastside, no area of L.A. County is immune from gun violence. Although California has among the toughest gun laws in the country, there are no walls around our state. Illegal firearms pour in and are sold on our streets. For the last decade, Women Against Gun Violence has worked to educate and advocate on the issue of sensible gun laws and gun safety.
April 15, 2005 |
Sandra S. Froman's love affair with guns -- or, more specifically, with what she feels is her constitutional right to own guns -- dates back about 25 years, to a fateful night in the Hollywood Hills. Then a lawyer at Loeb & Loeb in Los Angeles, she was living alone when a man tried to break into her house. Though he never made it inside, "I was obviously very scared," she said in an interview Thursday. "It was one of those epiphanies. What would have happened if he had gotten in?
January 20, 2004
Diana Wagman's "Skeptic Gives Guns a Shot" (Commentary, Jan. 15), on the legal use of guns, misses the target by a Texas mile. No one is arguing about whether going to a firing range is fun or that the limited use of firearms in controlled settings is unsafe, but rather that there is currently no rational limitation to the number of weapons that may be purchased, little in the way of required safety maintenance or education required, and a great many...