April 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- After a two-week spring recess, Congress returns to work on Tuesday for a make-or-break legislative sprint on two White House priorities - gun violence and immigration reform - in a session that could help define President Obama's second term. Spurred by the elementary school shooting last December in Newtown, Conn., tightening the nation's gun laws was expected to be the top order of business when the Senate reconvenes. But the gun violence bill could be delayed as negotiators struggle to reach accord on a provision that would require law enforcement background checks for nearly all gun purchases.
January 9, 2013
Re "The trouble with satire," Postscript, Jan. 5 I was one of those taken in by Daniel Akst's satirical piece - sort of. I recognized that the Dec. 28 article, which Op-Ed editor Sue Horton clarified was satire, was completely wacko, but I also know that The Times publishes opinions that are opposed to its editorial position, we presume, to open a window on "what's out there. " What makes Akst's position possibly serious is that it's really not that far removed from reality.
September 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Sandy Phillips, whose daughter Jessica was killed in the Colorado movie theater shooting in July 2012, recounted Wednesday that it was not until the Connecticut school massacre five months later that she and her husband decided to advocate for stricter gun safety laws. She and other families of shooting victims were scheduled to return to Washington this week, some arriving Monday just as news of another mass shooting spread, this one not far from the Capitol. To those who predict that this tragedy, which claimed 12 more victims, will do little to advance gun legislation in Congress, Phillips delivered this message: “We will not give up. We will not go away.” “There is no perfect policy that would prevent every tragic shooting.
December 22, 2012
The reaction to the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., last week was immediate and voluminous. Of the more than 600 letters sent to email@example.com on the topic, about 120 of them mentioned mental illness as a cause for the violence. A handful of writers warned against jumping to conclusions and stigmatizing those whostruggle with mental disabilities; one writer even turned questions about psychology into ones for gun advocates. Here is a selection of those letters. In a letter published Tuesday, Michelle Uzeta, legal director of the Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles, wrote: "The tendency in our society is to label what happened, pack it in a box and tuck it away somewhere.
December 14, 2012 |
Since news broke of the mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school Friday morning, The Times' has received more than two dozen readers letters; nearly all of them express outrage over the political third rail that gun control has become. So far, one letter writer has warned against calling for gun prohibition. The following are a selection of those responses. Of course, it wasn't immediately clear how the shooter got his guns or whether stricter firearms laws would have prevented him from obtaining them.
July 20, 2012 |
In all the reams of reaction over the cinema shootings in Aurora, Colo., California Sen. Dianne Feinstein was one of the few to introduce politics - albeit glancingly--into the national outpouring of sadness. “It is with great sorrow that I follow the news of today's tragedy in Colorado,” Feinstein said in a written statement. “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of this senseless violence. “Today is a time for grieving," Feinstein went on, “but my hope is the country will also reflect on the roots of gun violence that has again visited terror on an American community, claiming the lives of more innocents.” Feinstein's outspokenness is not surprising.