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June 14, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
It seems there is no limit to the depths to which some Pennsylvania lawmakers will slither to appease their campaign-cash-distributing masters in the gun lobby.   Because the National Rifle Association has its minions in the legislature on speed dial, it is able to quickly direct them to act whenever there is even a hint of any change in current gun laws. Such is the case now, with state lawmakers poised to pass a bill that would circumvent the efforts of 30 cities — including Philadelphia, York, Lancaster, Chester, Conshohocken, and Pittsburgh — that have passed ordinances requiring gun owners to notify authorities when a weapon is lost or stolen.
NEWS
December 27, 2012
By Joseph A. Califano Jr. If ever there were a moment for President Obama to learn from history, it is in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown. The lesson to be drawn from Lyndon B. Johnson is this: Demand action on comprehensive gun control immediately from this Congress or lose the opportunity during your presidency. In the aftermath of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy (just weeks after the fatal shooting of Martin Luther King Jr. and only a few years after President John F. Kennedy was shot)
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
March 29, 1991
From the gun lobby comes word that former President Ronald Reagan's desertion on handgun waiting-period legislation is at most a venial sin. "Understandable loyalty," intones the National Rifle Association. Loyalty, that is, to James Brady, Mr. Reagan's wheelchair-bound former press secretary. But that doesn't quite explain it away. At George Washington University ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the assassination attempt on Mr. Reagan that left Jim Brady maimed, the President didn't sound lukewarm.
NEWS
September 19, 1992
For those of us who are standing behind Gov. Florio (though hopefully out of the direct line of fire), it's a matter of self-preservation to keep an eye on what the gun lobby is doing to override Mr. Florio's veto of a Republican bill that would make military assault weapons legal again. To find out what the gun lobby was up to, we called Rodger Iverson, legislative representative of the Coalition of New Jersey Sportsmen and a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association (NRA). We were pleased to note that he sounded a trifle fatigued as he talked about how difficult it was to keep "weak-kneed senators in line" on the assault-weapon issue.
NEWS
February 3, 1986
There is at least one major group of people that sees the result of our society's love affair with firearms. They clearly see it all the time. Sometimes they are victims of it. Cops don't buy the gun lobby's desire to make it as easy as possible for people to arm themselves like so many Lebanese militiamen. People charged with maintaining order could not be expected to favor something that destroys order. Last week, a coalition of 10 police organizations urged the House of Representatives to turn back efforts to further loosen this country's already pitiful gun laws.
NEWS
October 8, 1996 | By Thomas Turcol, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
During Saturday's debate in the race for a U.S. Senate seat, Republican Richard A. Zimmer said he had "never received a dime from the National Rifle Association" during his three campaigns for Congress. But information released yesterday by Zimmer's Democratic opponent, Robert G. Torricelli, suggests that Zimmer has received financial support from the gun lobby during his time in the House. In a 1992 fund-raising appeal on behalf of Zimmer, who at the time was seeking a second term, an NRA official wrote that Zimmer deserved campaign money but that it had to be disguised as individual contributions so he could escape criticism for accepting the organization's support.
NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday declined to reinstate a law that gave groups like the National Rifle Association the right to challenge local gun-control rules in court. Commonwealth Court overturned the law last year on the ground that the legislative process used to make it had violated the state constitution. The gun provision had been added to a bill that addressed the theft of metals. The Supreme Court agreed "that the legislature violated the single-subject rule in an effort to pass an unpopular and irrational bill without being noticed," said Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery)
NEWS
August 15, 2016 | John R. Lott Jr
Was Donald Trump calling for Hillary Clinton's assassination when he spoke on Tuesday in North Carolina? The New York Times sure seems to think so. This was Trump's apparently offensive quote: "Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don't know. " Suppose the phrase Second Amendment people had been replaced with any other special-interest group.
NEWS
July 22, 2012 | E.J. Dionne
For all the dysfunction in our politics, a healthy pattern usually takes hold when a terrible tragedy seizes the nation's attention. We engage in a searching conversation about what rational steps can be taken by individuals, communities, and government to make a comparable tragedy less likely. Sometimes we act, and sometimes we don't, but at least we explore sensible solutions.   Unless the tragedy involves guns. Then our public reasoning goes haywire. Anyone who dares say an event such as the massacre at a Colorado movie theater early Friday requires us to rethink our firearms laws is accused of "exploiting" the deaths of innocent people.
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August 15, 2016 | John R. Lott Jr
Was Donald Trump calling for Hillary Clinton's assassination when he spoke on Tuesday in North Carolina? The New York Times sure seems to think so. This was Trump's apparently offensive quote: "Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don't know. " Suppose the phrase Second Amendment people had been replaced with any other special-interest group.
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June 22, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday declined to reinstate a law that gave groups like the National Rifle Association the right to challenge local gun-control rules in court. Commonwealth Court overturned the law last year on the ground that the legislative process used to make it had violated the state constitution. The gun provision had been added to a bill that addressed the theft of metals. The Supreme Court agreed "that the legislature violated the single-subject rule in an effort to pass an unpopular and irrational bill without being noticed," said Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery)
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, POLITICS WRITER
Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt five years ago, still struggles for words. "Speaking is difficult for me," she said Wednesday in a halting voice, "but come January, I want to say these two words: Madam President . " The crowd gathered in Cherry Hill for a roundtable on gun violence burst into applause at the emotional endorsement of Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential bid. Giffords and...
NEWS
January 16, 2016
ISSUE | GUN VIOLENCE Police, beware Tuesday's editorial ("Cops put lives in peril), which concluded that the shooting of Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett should not be exploited for political purposes, puts The Inquirer in the same despicable category as the gun lobby, which pronounces after mass shootings: "There go those gun-control advocates again, using innocent victims to score political points. " The editorial cautions against thinking that police "are being targeted by terrorists or - if you believe right-wing pundits - adherents of the Black Lives Matter movement.
NEWS
June 27, 2015 | By Chris Hepp and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
A law that permitted the National Rifle Association to sue Philadelphia and other municipalities over local gun ordinances that are stricter than state law is unconstitutional, a state appeals court ruled Thursday. The 2014 law granted legal standing to "membership organizations" to sue over local gun laws and collect legal fees and other costs if they won. The NRA used the measure to sue Philadelphia. Other municipalities have repealed ordinances to avoid similar suits. In a decision released Thursday, a seven-member Commonwealth Court panel ruled unanimously that the law, known as Act 192, violated the state constitution because of the way it was enacted by the General Assembly.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | BY DAN K. THOMASSON
  IT MAY BE a longer, hotter summer for the gun freaks than they have had in some time, mainly the National Rifle Association, which approaches every election with a strategy to oppose everything and dole out money only to candidates who pledge allegiance to the industry's policy of no firearms restrictions, period. Michael Bloomberg is planning to give the NRA and its minions a dose of their own medicine at the same time a movement is gaining momentum among some states to take guns away from those identified as potentially dangerous because of mental problems.
NEWS
April 23, 2014
Adoptees' time In most of the seven states that have granted adult adoptees access to their original birth certificates, the abortion rate has actually declined and adoption rates have risen ("Deadline looming for N.J. adoptees," April 20). New Jersey's proposed law allows birth mothers to choose between no contact, an intermediary, or direct contact. That provision has worked indisputably well in states that passed open-access legislation, without any of the opponents' fears being realized.
NEWS
March 17, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON As Senate President Stephen Sweeney seeks to strengthen his credibility among liberal voters by backing a proposal to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines, he also has set in motion political tests of Gov. Christie's conservative credentials and of gun-rights groups' influence in the aftermath of the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school. Sweeney, a Democrat, last year blocked the Assembly-backed bill, which would reduce the legal capacity of magazines from 15 rounds to 10. His district - which includes rural parts of Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland Counties - has a sizable constituency of gun owners and is generally more conservative than those represented by some of his fellow Democrats.
NEWS
September 22, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - In the spring, Gov. Christie personally proposed a ban on sales of the .50-caliber Barrett semiautomatic sniper rifle. But last month, the Republican governor vetoed a bill that would have implemented that very ban, saying Democratic lawmakers went too far by forcing current owners to give up the military-style weapon. Now, New Jersey's Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Steve Lonegan, whom Christie has endorsed, will hold a fund-raiser in Camden County in which donors can shoot the same gun for $25 a round.
NEWS
September 19, 2013
Mass shootings in America occur so frequently - nearly 30 in the 14 years since the 13 Columbine High School murders - it's a wonder that they garner as much attention as they do. The frequency may help to explain why a push for gun control after 20 schoolchildren and six adults were killed in the Newtown, Conn., massacre fizzled. Nine months later, the country is again wringing its hands after a lone gunman killed 12 people Tuesday at the Washington Navy Yard before being fatally shot by police.
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