CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1994
I pose this question to National Rifle Assn. members and their supporters: If you could save one child's life, would you give up your guns? ROBERT L. FOX Los Angeles
December 15, 1991
People say "guns kill people." The National Rifle Assn. says "people kill people." Isn't it time for people to kill guns? JOHN ALEXANDERS San Diego
March 21, 2013 |
The 58% of Americans who favor a ban on assault weapons got a sad lesson in Washington politics this week when a major bill to end their sale, and to eliminate the high-capacity magazines that allow mass killers to do their awful work without pausing to reload, was effectively squelched . The reason? After Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) drafted an improved version of her former assault weapons ban, which was passed in 1994 but allowed to expire by Congress in 2004, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
March 19, 2013 |
TUCSON - Arizona is advancing legislation that would allow schoolteachers to arm themselves in class. The proposal cleared the state Senate this week and now heads to the state House. Several other states have introduced measures to let teachers carry guns. The movement came after the National Rifle Assn. called for such legislation in light of the mass shooting last year in Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders were killed. This month, South Dakota became the first state since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre to pass a law that specifically allows teachers and school employees to carry weapons on campus.
December 14, 2012 |
If there's been another tragic mass shooting, there must be pundits all over the mediasphere ranting for or against tighter controls on guns. The arguments follow a predictable course: Advocates point out that gun violence in the United States, presumably because of its laws granting easy access to firearms, is far more common than in more restrictive countries, particularly in Europe. Opponents fire back that criminals will break the law to obtain guns if they want them -- after all, they're criminals, who feel no apparent remorse about mass slaughter.