September 16, 1986 |
Most clear thinking Americans will agree that a sound handgun control law is necessary, if not long overdue. Those of us who are privy to the goings on in Washington realize this will never occur as long as the National Rifle Association (NRA) perambulates the corridors of Capitol Hill. This life saving measure will not come to fruition as long as the NRA Lobby exists in its present form. Congress continues to be intimidated by these ignorant folks because their jobs are more important than saving lives.
June 18, 1999 |
As Congress wrestles with post-Littleton gun-control proposals, the friends and foes of those proposals have shown their smarts. Both sides have lobbyists, Web sites, e-mail campaigns, and impassioned constituents. Over the years, both sides have given millions of dollars to congressional campaigns. But when it comes to campaign money, one side's largesse far exceeds the other's. Over the last decade, the National Rifle Association has spent $24.6 million to elect its allies and defeat its enemies in federal elections.
February 17, 2000 |
Naomi Post, wife of Mayor Street, was first on a list of people who were to appear with Allyson Schwartz at a news conference yesterday aimed at advancing Schwartz's campaign for the U.S. Senate. Post never showed up. But a dozen other dignitaries turned out to support a call from Schwartz, a Democratic state senator from Philadelphia, for stronger handgun control. The news conference was held shortly after noon on the windy, noisy sidewalk outside William Penn High School in North Philadelphia.
June 15, 1988 |
Syndicated columnist and television commentator Carl T. Rowan, who for years has called for handgun control, broke up an unauthorized 2 a.m. pool party in his back yard yesterday by calling the police and then winging one of the teenaged intruders with a single shot from his Smith & Wesson revolver. "Somebody will see irony in this," said Rowan. "But I don't. " Rowan, 62, said he fired his .22-caliber pistol only after one of the trespassers ignored his warning and lunged at him as if he were heading into the house.
January 26, 1993 |
Nelson T. "Pete" Shields, 68, a leader in the handgun-control movement, died yesterday of cancer at his home in Greenville, Del. Mr. Shields was founder and chairman emeritus of the Washington-based Handgun Control Inc., the largest advocacy group for a national gun policy. He helped set up the organization in 1975, after his eldest son, Nick, was killed with a handgun that year in San Francisco, one of several victims of what became known as the Zebra killings. The following year, he resigned from Du Pont Co. after a 26-year career in marketing there, to become the handgun organization's executive director.
September 26, 1986
It is routine for political candidates to accuse each other - and, at times, for us cynically to accuse them all - of pandering to special interests. At times, however, it is possible to get an inkling of which candidates cave in and which stand up to the powerful, special interests. On this score, the Sept. 15 article by Thomas Ferrick Jr., "Edgar facing hunters' ire over gun control," was particularly revealing. About 10,000 Americans are murdered every year with handguns. To put that in perspective, consider this: 42,300 Americans were killed in combat in Vietnam; during that same time (1966-72)
January 17, 2001 |
Ted Kennedy accused Robert Bork of wanting to force blacks to sit at "segregated lunch counters," to let governments at their whim "censor" writers, to ensure that "schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution. " But, as false as those accusations were, no one claimed that Bork was in league with mass murderers. There was still some line, however far out there, that wasn't crossed. Now, during a mass press conference last week with activists from dozens of liberal organizations, Handgun Control announced that "Perhaps most disturbing of all, Mr. Ashcroft apparently believes in . . . the same extremist theory subscribed to by Timothy McVeigh.
November 7, 1993 |
By Thanksgiving, if the people at Handgun Control Inc., have their way, an influential piece of legislation controlling the sale of handguns, known as the Brady Bill, will be on President Clinton's desk, a signature away from becoming law. The bill is named for James Brady, who was severely injured in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. The bill calls for a mandatory minimum waiting period of five days between initiating a handgun purchase and actually receiving the handgun.
November 9, 1988 |
A new study indicates that people living in a city with strict firearm regulations have a sharply reduced risk of being murdered. The study, to be published tomorrow in the New England Journal of Medicine, reports that the number of handgun deaths in Vancouver, British Columbia, 120 miles to the north, between 1980 and 1986 was nearly one-fifth that of Seattle. Dr. John Henry Sloan, chief investigator for the study, said 388 homicides occurred in Seattle during the study period, while 204 occurred in Vancouver.
July 12, 2007
THE GUN lawsuit filed by City Council members Darrell Clarke and Donna Reed Miller against the state House and Senate in Common Pleas Court is admirable on its face. The suit seeks to allow Philadelphia to create its own gun laws, and overturn a state law that prevents municipalities from enacting gun ordinances. It's a long shot, but a good shot of conscience. It takes on one of the most frustrating realities of living in Philadelphia: A state Legislature that shows little concern for, or has no interest in, issues specific to the city.