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OPINION
December 30, 2008
Re "Gunman's careful plans went awry," Dec. 27 I read with sadness of one Ortega family member on the phone to 911 while someone was trying to kill everyone in the house. The 911 system is a joke. Folks need to avail themselves of their 2nd Amendment rights and have a gun in the house. Had this been the case in the Ortega household, the caller might have saved lives instead of wasting time on the phone. I hope that terrible situations like these wake people up to the fact that only they can protect themselves.
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NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave politicians everywhere some sound advice on gun control recently. Defending New York's tough new measures against critics who charge that the state has exceeded its regulatory authority, he said : “Yes, they are against it, but they are the extremists, and the extremists shouldn't win, especially on this issue when it is so important to the majority. In politics, we have to be willing to take on the extremists, otherwise you will see paralysis.” How obvious, and how true.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1999
Re "Board Bans 'Junk Guns,' Considers Suing Makers," Feb. 3: The L.A. County supervisors have finally hit on a great source of revenue. Let's sue the manufacturers of everything for the cost of damages caused when their products function properly. We can recover the medical costs of injuries caused by knives that cut, hammers that hammer, guns that shoot, scissors, hedge trimmers, screwdrivers, etc. Obviously, anyone who makes something that causes an injury should be liable for the costs incurred as a result of that injury, even when the product functions exactly as it is designed, built and advertised to function.
NEWS
December 13, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A gun accidentally discharged after being detected in a carry-on at an Atlanta checkpoint Sunday. The gun's owner was telling an Atlanta officer how to clear the loaded .22-magnum revolver when it accidentally discharged. A fragment grazed the officer but he was uninjured. The gun's owner was arrested and charged with carrying a deadly weapon at a public gathering, according to the police report . . . . Now Greyhound is mad at Alec Baldwin too. After being booted off an American flight last week for refusing to turn off an electronic device, he wrote in a column that flight attendants “have made flying a Greyhound bus experience.“ The rant drew a letter of complaint from Greyhound President Dave Leach.
NATIONAL
February 23, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
Las Vegas -- The saga of disgraced Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks just keeps on growing. Last month, Brooks was arrested on suspicion of threatening a fellow Democrat, Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick. Now, law enforcement officers say investigators shadowing the troubled assemblyman from North Las Vegas say he unsuccessfully tried to purchase an unspecified type of gun Thursday at a northern Nevada sporting goods store. Officials at the Carson City Sheriff's Office say it's unclear whether Brooks was denied his intended purchase at Scheels gun shop in Sparks or whether he is awaiting a routine 72-hour waiting period for such purchases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- State lawmakers late Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown bills that would outlaw the sale of rifles with detachable magazines and expand the list of crimes that result in a 10-year ban on possessing firearms. Thursday's action follows the approval of nine other gun control bills earlier in the week in a state that already had some of the toughest restrictions in the nation. The gun bills are part of a package of several measures introduced in response to the shooting death of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last year.
NEWS
December 9, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Monday agreed to extend by another decade a ban on plastic guns that can evade traditional security screening, after an effort to include stronger limits was rejected. The renewed Undetectable Firearms Act, which is due to expire at midnight, now goes to President Obama for his signature. First passed in 1988 and signed by President Reagan, the law requires that plastic guns contain enough metal to set off a metal detector or appear in X-ray scanners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1989 | AL MARTINEZ
Chris tells the story like he is repeating a segment from a dream in which every detail remains brilliantly clear. He can recall seeing a movement of the pale blue curtains in his bedroom that day and the patterns of light and shadow created by sunlight streaming through a window. He remembers a trace of his wife's perfume in the air and the fact that their dog Oscar was barking in the distance. He remembers hearing a hammer pounding in the neighborhood. Accidents happen on just those kinds of days.
NEWS
June 18, 1989
I would like to take this opportunity to clarify the gun owners' view regarding Art Buchwald's "Deer Hunters Get Drop on Bambi" (June 6). A misconception is that semiautomatic firearms are justified by our supposed right to hunt. This is not the case. The framers of the Constitution saw the necessity of an armed citizenry for the purpose of maintaining a free society. In those days, a military assault rifle was a muzzle-loaded flintlock gun. Today they are semiautomatic and full automatic firearms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1989 | MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS, Mark Ridley-Thomas is executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles
The present hysteria surrounding assault weapons is directly attributable to an American tradition that glorifies the gun--a curious aspect of American culture that allows the American people to vicariously wallow in violence of various sorts. While gun advocates continue to conspicuously consume their "toys," many Los Angeles residents are being killed by the object of many people's desire. Gang-related murders in Los Angeles County totaled 69 in January and February, ahead of the record pace of last year.
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