September 11, 2013 |
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - For a time after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, it seemed as if the politics of gun control might shift dramatically in favor of tougher restrictions. But less than a year after December's shooting deaths in Newtown, Conn., it appears that outside a few Democratic-leaning states, expansive gun control is no more politically tenable now than it was before the 26 students and staff members died. The recall Tuesday of two Colorado senators, targeted because they voted to strengthen the state's gun restrictions, was just the latest setback for those seeking to reduce gun violence by making firearms less available.
September 11, 2013 |
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- There is a danger in drawing overly broad conclusions from any one election, especially an off-year election. That would apply even more to an election as singular as Colorado's unprecedented recall vote. Exercising a 100-year-old franchise for the first time, voters in Colorado Springs and Pueblo tossed out a pair of lawmakers -- one the president of the Colorado Senate--after they helped enact tougher gun controls in response to the mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., a Denver suburb.
September 10, 2013 |
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In an unprecedented backlash, two state lawmakers who helped stiffen Colorado's gun laws were ousted Tuesday in a recall that turned into a nationally watched referendum on gun control. Colorado Senate President John Morse, who shepherded the legislation to passage, was defeated on a 51%-49% vote. Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo, a fellow Democrat who voted in favor of the measures, lost 56% to 44%. They were replaced by Republicans who opposed the new restrictions.
August 1, 2013 |
All but a few macho holdouts among the let-men-be-men faction agree that Anthony Weiner is not worthy of becoming mayor of America's biggest city, but there is a perennial threat to our democracy that is far larger than the turgid tweets of the former congressman from New York. That threat is the ongoing whoredom of members of Congress who remain in office. It is no secret that our senators and representatives expend a significant amount of time and effort every week of the year soliciting campaign donations from lobbyists for corporations and other special interest groups and from fat cat donors who have interests of their own. Most who take the cash will insist that they are not selling their votes and, in most cases, that may be technically correct.
July 25, 2013
Re "The NRA's new online sensation," Column One, July 23 So, now that major cities such as Los Angeles and Chicago are reporting impressive reductions in inner-city killings and gun violence in general, attributed to coordinated efforts of police, social services and city offices, the National Rifle Assn. recruits a black man with the pretentious stage name of "Noir" to speak in defense of owning and packing heat. Of course, most black citizens aren't nearly as enthusiastic as white NRA members about Colion Noir's gun-ownership crusade.
June 20, 2013 |
Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. WASHINGTON - The battle over background checks for gun sales is escalating in West Virginia as two former allies, the National Rifle Assn. and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III, square off over the airwaves. Last week, the NRA debuted an ad attacking Manchin for supporting expanded background check requirements, accusing the senator of breaking his promise to honor 2nd Amendment rights. On Thursday, the West Virginia senator fired back with a commercial of his own . “I'm a lifetime NRA member, but I don't walk in lock step with the NRA's Washington leadership, this administration, or any special-interest groups,” he tells viewers.