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NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 19, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 13, 2013 | By Alan Fram, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
April 12, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Gov. Christie should tighten some gun laws but doesn't need to enact major initiatives such as expanded background checks, a ban on Internet gun sales, or new limits on high-capacity magazines, according to a report Tuesday from a task force he commissioned. The report, released nearly a month after Christie's deadline and on a day a breakthrough emerged in Congress on federal legislation to curb gun violence, is expected to form the basis of antiviolence policy proposals that the Republican governor will release next week.
NEWS
April 12, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
NEWS
April 11, 2013 | By Ed O'Keefe and David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post
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.
NEWS
April 11, 2013
AN IMPORTANT victory in the efforts to curb gun violence - as well as efforts to bring a little sanity to Congress - could be in the offing Thursday. The Senate will take a procedural vote on gun-control measures, including one bipartisan effort crafted by Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to require background checks on all commercial-firearm sales, including those at gun shows and on the Internet. The lack of such checks has created a big loophole for countless guns to be bought and sold to anyone - including criminals and people with mental illness.
NEWS
April 8, 2013
WASHINGTON - Amid waves of change in public opinion and demographics, the political landscape has been reshaped for some of the country's most divisive issues. In recent weeks, Republicans have found themselves dragged toward immigration reform while Democrats have been falling over themselves to declare their support for same-sex marriage. But on a third cultural divide where public opinion appears to be shifting in favor of the forces pushing for change - gun laws - the political effort is close to just falling flat.
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