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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.
December 22, 2012 | By Andrew Khouri
An Oregon man faces misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment  after leaving his loaded semi-automatic handgun in a movie theater, where a 12-year-old boy found it. Tillamook Police Chief Terry Wright said Gary Quackenbush, 61, of Tillamook County left his Beretta at the Coliseum Theatre on Tuesday night, putting people in danger when he failed to call police after noticing it was missing from his holster.  The next morning, about 150...
July 23, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), one of the few members of Congress willing to publicly discuss the politically unpopular issue of gun control, has done so again in the aftermath of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shootings. Congress convened Monday for the first time since the shootings in the Denver suburb, with the Senate holding a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the GOP leader, read aloud the names of the 12 people, including a 6-year-old girl, who were killed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 20, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
The staggering backlog of applications for concealed weapons permits in Orange County has grown to almost 3,000 and some applicants said they've been told it may be years before their paperwork is fully processed. The flood of applications was triggered by a pro-gun appeals court ruling that relaxed the restrictions on who could carry weapons. Most counties in the state have opted to wait for a likely appeal, but Orange County has gone the other way - taking applications from those who claim they need to carry a weapon for their own protection or safety.
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