May 6, 2013
5 women die in limousine fire SAN FRANCISCO - A limousine taking nine women to a bachelorette party erupted in flames, killing five of the passengers, including the bride-to-be, authorities and the mother of one of the survivors said Sunday. The limo caught fire at around 10 p.m. Saturday on one of the busiest bridges on San Francisco Bay, California Highway Patrol officer Art Montiel told the Associated Press. Five of the women were trapped, but the four other women managed to get out after the vehicle came to a stop on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, the patrol said.
April 23, 2013 |
Victories often contain the seeds of future defeats. So it is - or should be - with the Senate's morally reprehensible rejection of expanded background checks for gun buyers. The outcome is a test of both an invigorated gun-safety movement and a gun lobby that decided to go for broke. The National Rifle Association assumed that blocking new gun legislation in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre would firmly establish its dominance. Advocates of sane gun regulations would scatter in despair and be torn apart by recriminations.
April 20, 2013
There's no use passing laws against jaywalking, because some pedestrians will still jaywalk. There's no use passing laws against speeding, because motorists will still speed. There's no use making it a crime to rape or murder, because victims will still be assaulted. As dumb as those statements sound, they sum up the view of lawmakers who say there's no use passing tougher gun laws because criminals will break them. Despite all the carnage that has occurred in this country - not just the recent massacres, but also the daily toll of urban gun violence - they still don't get it. Because these lawmakers won't acknowledge that more restrictive gun laws can reduce violence even though they won't end it, the Senate on Wednesday killed a bill cosponsored by Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.)
April 19, 2013 |
LATELY, Mark Kelly has been looking into politicians' eyes, into their souls, and he's seen only one thing - fear. The lawmakers, whom Kelly didn't identify, were afraid of how gun lobbyists would have reacted if the pols had backed a bill from Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to expand background checks on gun buyers. The bill was rejected Wednesday by the U.S. Senate. "I hope average people will remember how the vote went down today," Kelly, the retired astronaut and husband of former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, told an audience at "Finding Common Ground: Moving Forward," a gun-violence forum hosted by the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice.
April 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Facing stubborn resistance that threatens to sink his background-check bill, Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) pressed to win over wavering colleagues Tuesday while questions swirled around the vote of one of the Senate's most reliable advocates for tougher gun laws: New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg. With about 40 senators publicly opposed to the bipartisan plan to expand background checks on gun buyers, Toomey and his cosponsor, Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.), faced an increasingly narrow path to the 60 votes they needed to advance the bill.
March 29, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Key information about Jared Lee Loughner's mental state - and the fact that no one did much to get him help - emerged as a key theme in roughly 2,700 pages of investigative papers released Wednesday. Still, there was nothing to indicate exactly why he targeted former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a deadly attack in 2011. Almost everyone who crossed paths with Loughner in the year before he shot Giffords described a man who was becoming more unhinged and delusional by the day. He got fired from a clothing store and thrown out of college, shaved his head and got tattoos of bullets on his shoulder.
March 28, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Documents released Wednesday detailing the shooting of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords show how the gunman had grown increasingly erratic and delusional in the months leading up to the rampage as he alienated friends and family and became paranoid that police were out to get him. The roughly 2,700 pages included witness and survivor accounts from people who helped save Giffords' life after she was shot in the head outside a Tucson supermarket...
January 11, 2013
TO RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS: If you don't trust Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly, whom do you trust? Two years ago, U.S. Rep. Giffords took a bullet in the head during an attack that killed six, wounded 12 others. In a sense, as a representative of the people, the pro-gun Democrat took that bullet for you and me. Like you and me, Giffords is a responsible gun owner, as is her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, the son of two New Jersey police officers and a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.
January 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Mark Kelly woke up in the middle of the night in his hotel room in China and looked at his BlackBerry: 20 children in Newtown, Conn., all shot to death. He called his wife, Gabrielle Giffords, who was thousands of miles away. "I said to her, 'Gabby, we can't just put out a statement anymore,' " Kelly recounted Tuesday. "Twenty first graders and their teachers, murdered in a classroom. If we just talk about it, things won't change. We need to try and help. " With that, a couple who survived their own episode of gun violence decided to make themselves the new faces of the push to toughen the country's gun laws.
December 16, 2012 |
Adam Lanza forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School carrying a Glock, a SIG Sauer, and a Bushmaster rifle, all legally registered to his mother, law enforcement officials said, and all capable of massive killing power. He chose the rifle over the two handguns, inflicting "devastating" multiple wounds on his 26 victims, said Connecticut's chief medical examiner. Police said that they found "dozens and dozens" of shell casings from .223 high-velocity rounds inside the school, the type of spent casings that come from bullets used in the Bushmaster rifle.