April 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Congress' most serious gun-control effort in years cleared its first hurdle Thursday as the Senate pushed past conservatives' attempted blockade under the teary gaze of families of victims of December's Connecticut school shootings. The bipartisan 68-31 vote rebuffed an effort to keep debate from even starting, giving an early victory - and perhaps political momentum - to President Obama and his gun-control allies. Even so, few supporters of the legislation are confident of victory.
May 9, 2005
HERE'S A suggestion on possibly alleviating the gun problem. If scientists can send a radio signal to a robot on Mars or on a moon of a more distant planet to order its movement, then why don't we require small-arms and rifle manufacturers to install chips right into the grips and stocks of weapons that will radiate a detectable signal? Sensors can be installed on light poles, or on buildings. The sensors can be monitored using a system similar to cell phones and signals may be relayed via computer/radio to alert a task force to the location of a firearm.
April 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate is poised to begin the most wide-ranging and ambitious battle over gun control on Capitol Hill in 20 years, with a vote scheduled Thursday that would formally start the debate. News of that vote was a boost for the Obama administration, which has lobbied hard for increased background checks on potential gun buyers, and new limits on assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines. All will face heavy opposition from the National Rifle Association and its Capitol Hill allies in both parties.
April 22, 1999 |
For over a month, mayoral candidate and state Rep. Dwight Evans has said that no one was paying attention to the most important issue plaguing the city: gun violence. They were paying attention yesterday. In the wake of the Colorado school shootings and the death of a 7-year-old South Philadelphia boy from an abandoned handgun, Evans held a well-attended news conference in front of Children's Hospital to call renewed attention to his proposed legislation in Harrisburg that would limit gun purchases to one a month.
January 16, 2013
WASHINGTON - Most Americans support tough new measures to combat gun violence, including a ban on assault weapons and the placement of armed guards at every school, according to a new Washington Post /ABC News poll. More than half of all Americans - 52 percent in the new poll - say that the Newtown, Conn., shootings made them more supportive of gun control; just 5 percent say they are now less apt to back tighter restrictions. Most also are at least somewhat worried about a mass shooting in their own community, with concern jumping to 65 percent among those with school-age children at home.
December 18, 2012 |
THIS SUMMER when a gunman toting a Smith & Wesson semiautomatic rifle burst into a packed movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and murdered 12 people, America's leaders had little to offer survivors and angry citizens beyond their thoughts and prayers. In a year when nearly 80 Americans have died in mass shootings, the banal evil of a man walking into an Oregon mall last week and killing two random shoppers was barely a blip on the media radar. Even after the 2011 assassination try on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that wounded her and claimed the lives of six bystanders, her Democratic Party - noted the political blogger Heather "Digby" Parton - "celebrates when she recovers enough to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at their convention - but never even [mentions]
February 17, 2000 |
The shooting of two Columbine High School students at a sandwich shop just two blocks from the school has renewed calls for stricter gun-control legislation. Once again, we're faced with this country's long debate over the right to carry concealed weapons. In my view, we should strengthen that right, not take it away. Far from making America more violent, concealed-weapons permits will counter violence by expanding good people's means of self-defense. There are 240 million handguns in America, and no doubt about it: They're dangerous things.
February 24, 1989 |
The rat-a-tat-tat over gun control escalated in the legislature yesterday when a Senate panel agreed to require special permits for assault rifles, despite opposition by the powerful National Rifle Association. Requiring special permits was a concession, however. The sponsor of the measure, Sen. Frank X. Graves Jr. of Passaic County, originally had proposed a ban on semiautomatic assault rifles like the one used last month to kill five schoolchildren and wound 30 in Stockton, Calif.
May 15, 1991 |
Jim and Sarah Brady won a victory over the National Rifle Association the other day. It was a small victory, largely symbolic in nature, but when an admirable couple like the Bradys can prevail over a lobby like the NRA on the strength of the moral force of their argument, it is a cause for rejoicing. The House of Representatives passed the "Brady Bill," named for the former presidential press secretary who was shot during the Reagan assassination attempt 10 years ago, requiring a seven-day waiting period for handgun purchases.
July 3, 1988 |
Not once in the seven years since her husband was maimed by a bullet intended for President Reagan has Sarah Brady called or written the White House asking the President to take a stand on gun control. But sometimes, Brady daydreams that she won't have to ask. "I've never wanted to ask the White House for anything - they don't owe us anything. And I don't want to take advantage of Jim's relationship with the President," Brady says. "Still, I have those fantasies. You know, I'm called to the Oval Office, we have a cup of coffee and the President says, 'I'm going to make that national gun-control address.