March 17, 2011
It will take more than the talk therapy proposed by President Obama if gun-safety reforms are ever going to result from the Arizona shooting that left six people dead and 13 wounded, including Tucson-area Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In a commentary article published Sunday in an Arizona newspaper, the president called for "the beginning of a new discussion" on gun-safety measures in the wake of the tragedy. Jared Lee Loughner, 22, stands accused in the January shootings. Before even a day had passed, though, the National Rifle Association snubbed the president's invitation to sit down with gun-control advocates, whom NRA chief Wayne LaPierre described as having spent "a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment.
November 17, 2010
The shooting death Thursday of David L. Grove is all the more appalling since he was the first state wildlife conservation officer to be slain on the job in nearly a century. Police have charged an Adams County man, Christopher L. Johnson, 27, whom Grove apparently suspected of poaching. Friends and family of Grove, 31, are right to consider this a senseless shooting. After all, how could any poaching infraction be worth someone's life? But Grove's death had more to do with lax handgun rules and enforcement than any hunting dispute.
June 30, 2010
While the Supreme Court's conservative majority remains fixated on expanding the right to bear arms, millions of other Americans should be more worried about preserving their right to be free from handgun violence. In a ruling that came as no surprise, the court on Monday effectively outlawed local handgun bans - signaling the end of Chicago's 27-year ban as well as one in a nearby Illinois suburb. Two years ago, the same 5-4 majority scrapped a Washington, D.C., ban. In his majority ruling, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. relied on the same tortured legal reasoning - that the Second Amendment assures individuals the right to arm, not merely state militias.
February 27, 2009
The wounding of a city police detective yesterday and a 12-year-old West Philadelphia boy's critical shooting on Wednesday offer the latest proof that the struggle to keep guns out of the hands of would-be killers is far from over. That makes a rare victory for gun-control advocates this week all the more sweet. In a convincing, 7-2 decision Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a 1996 law written by U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) that bars anyone convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from owning a firearm.
September 17, 2008 |
A regional coalition of mayors yesterday announced a joint effort to enact local gun legislation, following the lead of Philadelphia officials. Members of the coalition, PA Mayors for Gun Safety, pledged to introduce legislation in their cities that would require gun owners to report lost or stolen weapons or be subject to possible fines and/or jail time. The announcement was made at a news conference at City Hall here. The group includes Mayor Nutter and the mayors of Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Lancaster, Reading, Pottsville and York.
April 10, 2008
With several hundred pro-gun activists converging on the Harrisburg Capitol Monday - many wearing Second Amendment T-shirts - it was not the day for Pennsylvania lawmakers to tackle any tough gun measures. Instead, state House members approved several initiatives that bore no resemblance to an actual crackdown on handgun trafficking. In turn, the gun-rights supporters celebrated the defeat last week of a tough anti-trafficking measure. Charlton Heston would be proud. Meanwhile, back on the mean streets of Philadelphia and other cities, the shootings continue.
October 26, 2007
Finding the truth In response to the editorial "Legislative Bonuses Probe: Following the Money" (Oct. 18), I would like to offer the following: The House Democratic Caucus has fully cooperated with the attorney general's investigation since its outset. We have provided all documents requested by the attorney general's office. We have produced all witnesses subpoenaed to testify and facilitated their cooperation. We have never challenged the appearance of our employees before the grand jury.
October 18, 2007 |
Message from the National Rifle Association to Philadelphia: We're armed. No harm. Get used to it. The day after crime victims marched in Philadelphia to demand stronger gun-control laws, the president of the NRA spoke to law students in Wilmington last night and denounced efforts to combat crime by restricting gun ownership. "Philadelphia doesn't need any new antigun laws to combat the lawless," said John C. Sigler, a Delaware lawyer who was appointed president of the firearm-advocacy organization this year.
May 20, 2005
I COMMEND your editorial recognizing the excellent job done by the NRA promoting gun safety, especially among children. If you were to look a little further, you'd see several tremendously successful programs, all created by the firearms industry through their trade association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, that are also educating children and gun owners about gun safety. First and foremost, our Project ChildSafe has now distributed more than 25 million free gun locks to gun owners nationwide.
May 12, 2005
I'M A RESPONSIBLE gun owner with a concealed-weapons permit, and I've read your series of gun-violence reports over the last few weeks. I feel they were all one-sided and inaccurate. If you wonder why responsible gun owners instantly get their dander up every time new "gun control" ideas are thrown around, I'll tell you. Because every anti-gun proposal is just that - anti-gun. It's all or nothing. There is no reasonable compromise. Every proposal is just a foot in the door to complete elimination.