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OPINION
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 GeorgiaCarry.org, 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.
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OPINION
March 30, 2014
Re "Gun madness in Georgia," Editorial, March 27 The National Rifle Assn. flourishes because people believe the big lie that there are good people with guns and bad people with guns. No. There are only people with guns. When gun-toters get angry, greedy, frightened or psychotic, they shoot other people. Mix dense populations with easy gun access, and innocent people will be maimed and killed by bullets. That's inevitable. Apparently no body count is high enough to stop the insanity.
NATIONAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
As details of state Sen. Leland Yee 's alleged crimes trickled out, advocates associated with gun-rights groups jumped on the possible ironies. An affidavit filed in federal court in San Francisco by FBI Special Agent Emmanuel V. Pascua said there was probable cause to believe that Yee had conducted various crimes, such as engaging in a conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and illegally import firearms. Yet Yee, a prominent figure in California's Democratic legislative majority, had crusaded against guns and violent video games for years.
OPINION
March 27, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Fifteen months ago, as the nation recoiled in horror from the massacre of 20 children and six adults by a mentally ill man armed with three semiautomatic weapons, there were firm proclamations that this time would be different. The violence at that Newtown, Conn., elementary school, it was said, would finally lead the nation to come together and embrace some reasonable gun control laws. Well, that didn't last long. If anything, the national gun frenzy, fueled by the irresponsible lobbyists at the National Rifle Assn., has intensified.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- The history of politics is littered with unorthodox and illegal schemes to raise campaign cash, but the method allegedly used by Sen. Leland Yee stands apart. A criminal complaint released Wednesday says the San Francisco Democrat wanted donations in return for connecting an Italian gangster from New Jersey with an international arms dealer. The gangster was an undercover federal agent. Although Yee is better known as a gun control advocate in the Capitol, the complaint says he talked tough about having shady contacts who could obtain automatic weapons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NATIONAL
March 25, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A civilian shot a sailor to death aboard a destroyer at the Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, then was killed by security officials, authorities said Tuesday. The suspect had permission to be on base, but it was unclear whether he had permission to board the Mahan, the destroyer that was docked at Pier 1, according to Navy officials. Neither the dead civilian nor the dead sailor was identified. “I'd like to say that our thoughts and prayers go out to the family members of those affected by the tragic event last night,” Capt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Consider this hypothetical situation. You're Joe Blow, an off-duty cop, and you've had too much to drink. Things begin getting out of hand just short of 2 a.m., at a saloon. Some guy's dancing with your wife and you don't like it. You give him a shove. A bouncer takes you outside. But you get into it with the guy you shoved as he's leaving the bar. You pull a .45 out of your pocket. You begin to drive away, but you're stopped by a sheriff's deputy. Then you use a slur to describe the black man with whom you scuffled, tell the deputy you're drunk and refuse a sobriety test.
OPINION
March 23, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The National Rifle Assn. has a problem with Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, President Obama's nominee for surgeon general, but it has nothing to do with Murthy's medical expertise. It's that Murthy thinks gun control is smart public health policy. Unfortunately, too many members of the Senate share the gun lobby's skewed view of the world, much to the detriment of the country and, it seems, to Murthy's chances of being confirmed. Murthy, an outspoken Obama supporter since before the 2008 election, earned an undergraduate degree at Harvard, an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine; he teaches medicine at Harvard and is an attending physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston; he's served on a federal medical advisory board and is involved in medical nonprofit groups, all according to the White House.
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