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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
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
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.
NEWS
April 24, 2013 | By Cynthia Tucker
You might have thought that the mangled bodies of 20 dead children would have been enough to overcome the crazed obsessions of the gun lobby. You might have believed that the exhortations of a former congresswoman - her life forever changed by a would-be assassin's bullet - would have pushed Congress to do the right thing. You might have reasoned that polls showing overwhelming public support for a sensible gun-control measure would have persuaded politicians to take a modest step toward preventing more massacres.
NEWS
October 4, 1999
Tragedies involving gun violence have shocked towns across America again this year, but elected representatives in Washington, Harrisburg and Trenton only fiddle around the edges of gun control. This remarkable record of inaction continues in the face of polls showing an overwhelming number of people favoring more restrictions on guns. The gun lobby in Washington tied up enough followers in Congress all summer to block a modest effort to force buyers of weapons at gun shows to undergo a background check and three-day waiting period.
NEWS
June 4, 1993 | by Don Russell, Daily News Staff Writer
"We beat the NRA! We beat the NRA!" Horace Small was exuberant. A coordinator with the Philadelphia Anti-Drug/ Anti-Violence Network, he was one of the main organizers of support for a City Council bill to ban the sale and possession of assault weapons. Yesterday, in a 13-4 vote, Council enacted the ordinance. Mayor Rendell is expected to sign the bill into law. And the gun lobby - thanks to the lobbying of Small and a coalition of youth, clergy and crime victims - took one on the chin.
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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.
NEWS
August 17, 2013
Gov. Christie was right to sign 10 gun-safety bills that deny permits to people on terrorism watch lists, provide an amnesty period for turning in illegal weapons, increase penalties for unlawful firearms possession and trafficking, and more. But he's not finished. He should continue by signing the most important bills in the package of 15, which the Legislature sent him in the wake of the December slaughter of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn. One of the bills he hasn't signed would ban .50-caliber rifles, which are capable of hitting targets more than a mile away with armor-piercing, 4-inch rounds.
NEWS
April 25, 2013 | BY CHARLES H. RAMSEY
COPS ARE TRUE optimists. Surrounded by violence and facing danger every day, we have to be optimists. We represent the police chiefs from every major city in the nation - and we believe we can do more to make America safe. That's why we looked to the U.S. Senate for courage and leadership on gun violence, to enact reforms that are long overdue. With 94 percent of the public asking for better gun laws, we expected the Senate to do what cops do - protect the public. But a minority of senators protected themselves instead of the American people.
NEWS
April 24, 2013 | By Cynthia Tucker
You might have thought that the mangled bodies of 20 dead children would have been enough to overcome the crazed obsessions of the gun lobby. You might have believed that the exhortations of a former congresswoman - her life forever changed by a would-be assassin's bullet - would have pushed Congress to do the right thing. You might have reasoned that polls showing overwhelming public support for a sensible gun-control measure would have persuaded politicians to take a modest step toward preventing more massacres.
NEWS
April 23, 2013 | By E. J. Dionne, For The Inquirer
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.
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