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June 6, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
The December 2012 shootings in Newtown, Conn., reignited an urgent national conversation on stopping gun violence. But when lawmakers, activists, reporters and concerned citizens looked for research to guide them in what measures do and do not work, they noticed something curious: Although public health researchers were churning out an abundance of intriguing studies in the late 1980s and early 1990s, that research pretty much dried up around 1997....
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.
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.
April 23, 2014
Re "Campus shooter receives 40-year term," April 19 While Brandon Spencer's shooting into a crowd and wounding of four people were inexcusable and foolish acts, I believe his actions were evidence of an immature adolescent brain not functioning well. Most important, I think his sentence of 40 years to life in prison is excessive. I would rather see the money that will be spent on incarcerating him over the next few decades go instead toward putting him through school so he and all taxpayers benefit.
February 22, 2013
Re "Killer an obsessive video gamer," Feb. 21 The shooting of Courtney Aoki by Ali Syed and the spree that followed in Orange County should serve as a warning to parents. A child who isolates himself from the real world and lives in a fantasy realm of video games may be suffering a mental condition that can result in such violence. Parents should be monitoring what videos and games the child is viewing, and under no circumstance should that child have access to any weapons. This tragedy may not have happened if Syed's parents had not bought him a shotgun a year ago. Robert C. Thompson Marina Del Rey Re "O.C.
April 8, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
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.
December 14, 2012 | By Paul Thornton
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.
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 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.
March 29, 2001
Guns don't kill people, but they make it a whole lot easier for people to kill people. KEITH LOGAN El Monte
April 3, 2014 | By Alan Zarembo, Richard Simon and Joe Mozingo
KILLEEN, Texas - Beyond the mystifying question of why a person goes on a rampage to kill innocent people, residents of this military town have to deal with an even more vexing one: Why does it keep happening to them? "There's a psychological toll on this town," Terrence Barksdale, 44, said at his tattoo shop just outside the base. "This is the second time. The next person might try something even more asinine. " With two long wars, his staff had already gotten accustomed to the somber task of regularly inking memorial tattoos for soldiers who died in combat.
April 2, 2014
Re "Georgia bill would go far in expanding gun rights," March 31 It is sad and appalling that legislation passed after high-profile shootings has resulted in an easing of gun rules instead of the sensible gun laws that we had anticipated, such as closing the gun show loophole. According to Jerry Henry of, we are not going to "stop crime by disarming good people. " Americans today have more than 300 million firearms. By Henry's measure we should be the safest country in the world; however, in 2010, guns took the lives of 31,076 Americans in homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings.
March 30, 2014 | By Richard Simon
Its official name is the Safe Carry Protection Act. Critics call it the "guns everywhere bill. " Legislation awaiting the governor's signature in Georgia would allow guns in bars, churches, airports and schools. It has drawn national attention because of its sweep. The National Rifle Assn. called the bill's passage a "historic victory for the 2nd Amendment. " Americans for Responsible Solutions, founded by Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who was wounded in a 2011 shooting, called it the most extreme gun bill in the nation.
March 29, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The final edition of CNN's "Piers Morgan Live" aired Friday night, and the British host closed out his run as the cable giant's replacement for Larry King with more thoughts on gun control. "For those who claim my anti-gun campaign has been anti-American, well, the reverse is true. I'm so pro-American, I want more of you to stay alive. " Mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., among others, led Morgan to devote many of his programs to the issue of gun violence, and his advocacy of stricter gun laws in the U.S. earned him many critics.
March 26, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- An FBI affidavit alleging that state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) offered to set up an arms deal paints a starkly different picture of Yee than his public persona as a supporter of gun control and advocate against gun violence. In 2006, Yee was named to the Gun Violence Prevention Honor Roll by the Brady Campaign for his efforts that included co-authoring a first-in-the-nation bill to require new semiautomatic handguns to be equipped with ballistics identification technology known as micro-stamping.
February 27, 2014
Re "The paradox of open carry laws," Opinion, Feb. 23 Only in the United States could there be a serious article on the advantages and disadvantages of carrying a gun openly or concealed; only in the United States could a George Zimmerman or Michael Dunn incident happen; only in the United States, among all developed countries, is there a mainstream culture of fear that accepts carrying a gun as necessary for protection. Some Americans still believe that Elvis is alive, that the Earth revolves around the sun, that the world is flat and that witches exist.
February 12, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly are writing a book on gun control. And while publisher Scribner describes it as a "book on America's gun debate," the title makes it clear that Giffords and Kelly are taking a side. The book will be called "Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence. " Giffords was an Arizona congresswoman who was shot in the head during a 2011 attack on a public meeting she was holding with constituents at a Tucson mall. Giffords was among 13 injured; six people were killed, including a 9-year-old girl.
January 16, 2014
Re “Shock and tears in N.M.,” Jan. 15 Regarding the article by Times staff writer John Glionna about the school shooting in New Mexico, there was one part that really captured the entire story for me: “Many children seemed in shock: tiny girls with glasses and mammoth backpacks, boys in sweat shirts bearing the school mascot bulldog, who maybe yesterday were too old to cry. But not today. One buried his face in his mother's chest and wailed. 'Mama's got you,' the woman whispered.
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