May 6, 2013 |
HOUSTON - National Rifle Association leaders told members Saturday that the fight against gun control legislation was far from over, with battles yet to come in Congress and next year's midterm elections, but they vowed that none in the organization would ever have to surrender their weapons. Proponents of gun control also asserted that they are in their fight for the long haul and have not been disheartened by last month's defeat of a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun sales.
May 3, 2013 |
BURKESVILLE, Ky. - In southern Kentucky, where children get their first guns even before they start first grade, Stephanie Sparks paid little attention as her 5-year-old son, Kristian, played with the rifle he was given last year. Then, as she stepped onto the front porch while cleaning the kitchen, "she heard the gun go off," a coroner said. In a horrific accident Tuesday that shocked a rural area far removed from the national debate over gun control, the boy had killed his 2-year-old sister, Caroline, with a single shot to the chest.
April 29, 2013
GOV. CORBETT has made it his priority to encourage job creation and growth in Pennsylvania by encouraging business to come here and grow their workforce. The governor has also made job training a priority, ensuring Pennsylvania residents are prepared for the jobs created in today's market. In 2012, when it was announced that the three Southeast refineries would close, Corbett worked diligently to save them. These efforts retained 1,800 direct jobs and thousands of ancillary jobs that relied on the active operation of those facilities.
April 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON – Sen. Pat Toomey's approval rating reached a personal high in a new poll taken days after he wrapped up his push to expand background checks for gun purchases. Pennsylvania voters gave Toomey a 48-30 approval in a new Quinnipiac University poll. His approval is up four points from a month earlier. More than half of voters – 54 percent – thought more favorably of Toomey, a Republican, because of his work on guns, against just 12 percent who think less of him. Even among Democrats, 41 percent approve of Toomey's work, against 34 percent who disapprove.
April 25, 2013
CRAIG HETHERINGTON, a 44-year-old Bedford County trucker, held a sign reading, "Pat Toomey, You Are Fired. " Kay Hartman, a Mifflin County "tea-party patriot old enough to be wise," carried a large white flag featuring a black AK-47 over the words "Come and Take It. " Another woman held a sign: "Gun Control is False Hope; Jesus Christ is the True Hope. " And a bearded man wearing a "Don't Tread on Me" red vest held a sign: "We Come Unarmed (this time). " Welcome to the Pennsylvania gun club.
April 22, 2013
NOW THAT THE legislation for further background checks for gun control has failed, where are we going? I think this proposal was just a smokescreen to make people think that something was actually going to happen. Expanded background checks are not the answer to controlling gun violence. What we really need are controls on semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. We should also have automatic jail sentences for those caught with an unregistered gun. If you want a licensed handgun in your home, that's certainly your right, and I have no objection.
April 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate rejected a bipartisan plan cosponsored by Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey that would have expanded background checks for gun purchases in one of several votes Wednesday that brought a crashing halt to the legislative push for new gun laws. Gun-rights advocates also defeated bills that would have banned assault weapons and limited the size of gun magazines, while lawmakers favoring gun control stopped Republican plans to loosen gun laws, once again exposing deep rifts on the issue.
April 16, 2013
THE STABBING of 14 people on the Lone Star campus demands a commonsense and meaningful response. The pointed end of all knives should be removed and a flat piece of metal be permanently attached perpendicularly to the blade. The pointed end of any knife is not needed and serves no culinary purpose, even for trained chefs. Knife-blade lengths should be limited to 10 inches because that is all a household kitchen requires. Prospective knife purchasers need to be screened for cooking abilities and a required need to possess these potential weapons.
April 15, 2013
For the first time since the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre, Americans have a clear view of the prospects for tougher federal measures against gun violence. In the weeks ahead, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Washington could well pick their way through the political minefield of the gun debate. The possible result: an important new mandate that background checks be performed prior to any commercial firearms sale. That major reform - which would be the first of its kind in two decades - would affect up to 40 percent of gun sales, closing a loophole that allows anyone to make a gun-show purchase regardless of criminal record or mental instability.
April 13, 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 tearful gaze of families of victims of December's Connecticut school shootings. The bipartisan 68-31 vote rebuffed an effort to keep debate from starting, giving an early victory to President Obama and his gun-control allies. Four months after 20 first graders and six staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown were killed, relatives watching the vote from a gallery overlooking the Senate floor dabbed at tears and clasped hands, some seeming to pray.