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June 9, 1998 | By Daniel Rubin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The new voice of the National Rifle Association is more likely to pick up a tennis racket than a rifle, has never pulled a gun on anyone, and isn't particularly fond of Uzis or AK-47s. But back home on the Ridge, an easily defended piece of land above Los Angeles, he keeps a loaded shotgun by his bed - "and," he informs you, "I would not hesitate to use it. " The new Top Gun of the NRA uses the same grave tone that rumbled out of the mouths of God, Moses, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, El Cid, Ben-Hur and the countless other cinematic pillars men and women have leaned on in times of trouble.
NEWS
April 24, 2007
CARTOONIST Signe Wilkinson blames the National Rifle Association for the Virginia Tech massacre. But a psychotic named Cho did the killings, not the metal object in his hands or the NRA. He was able to buy the gun legally because he had no criminal record, and gun dealers aren't mind readers. Any criminal or creep who wants a gun and has a record can still obtain one illegally, very cheap. The problem isn't bad guys with guns, it's good guys without guns. Stuart Caesar, Philadelphia
NEWS
October 19, 1986
How has such a righteous person as Dorothy Storck managed to survive so long in this bad, bad world ("Of firearms and their uses," Sept. 25)? Ms. Storck has severely limited her pool of friends. She will not be associated with National Rifle Association members, a figure of over three milion and growing, nor will she deign to bestow her friendship on the more than 60 million firearms owners in our country. Poor close-minded Ms. Storck. In her condemnation of the NRA, Ms. Storck ignored a significant use of firearms.
NEWS
April 27, 1986
It was an accident, he said, and he was sorry. He was a teenage friend who had playfully aimed his father's .38-caliber pistol at me at point-blank range, said, "Bang," and pulled the trigger, sending a lead slug as big as the tip of my little finger into my left cheek, through my head and neck and out under my right ear. With no thanks to the National Rifle Association, I am, by the grace of God, alive today, with three bullet fragments still...
NEWS
August 11, 1999
Is there nothing we can do? It's simplistic to blame these recurrent rampages on any single cause, but this is indisputable: The carnage wouldn't have happened if the assailants were not armed with guns. Yet, elected officials, entrusted with our safety, resist every effort to regulate the use of guns. No matter how they rationalize their position, they are influenced by those who manufacture and sell guns, either directly or through organizations like the National Rifle Association.
NEWS
June 10, 1998 | by Theresa Conroy, Daily News Staff Writer
Listen up, Ben Hur: You've insulted Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Lisa Richette, and she's not going to take it lying down. In fact, Richette is "outraged" that Charlton Heston, the newly elected president of the National Rifle Association, called her, "Let-'em-Loose Lisa" during a Monday press conference. "I've spoken to the chief counsel from the National Rifle Association and demanded a public apology," Richette said yesterday. "I've written a letter to the chief counsel and to Charlton Heston.
NEWS
October 2, 2002
IT IS TIME for the National Rifle Association to deal with facts. The NRA placed ads in 1999 expressing gratitude to then-Mayor Ed Rendell for starting an NRA-backed program that required illegal-gun cases in Philadelphia to be prosecuted under national laws rather than state regulations. Recently, the NRA did an about-face, turning against Rendell and seeking to defeat the Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania's 2002 gubernatorial race. The lead story of the August American Rifleman, the NRA magazine, called Rendell "one of the most anti-gun candidates for governor in Pennsylvania history.
NEWS
May 16, 2003
WELL, SO MUCH for keeping America safe from terrorists, cop killers, deranged snipers and other bad guys. In an act as cowardly as it is immoral, the Republican-led Congress has decided to allow a federal ban on semi-automatic assault weapons such as Uzizs to expire. Majority Leader Tom Delay, who's been busy trying to convince the Department of Homeland Security to go after Democrats in his home state of Texas, has announced that Congress will not even entertain the thought of extending the ban when it expires next year.
NEWS
November 7, 1994 | by Nicole Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writer
On the last weekend before the election, embattled Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky unleashed the last of her heavy artillery against Republican Jon Fox. The Democrat began airing a television ad - her fourth - that blasts Fox for being a career politician and running for office 10 times in 15 years, for repeatedly insulting women, and for taking thousands of dollars from the National Rifle Association and opposing a ban on military-style assault...
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April 28, 2016
AFTER READING the recent commentary by Marc Steir on on the proposed tax on sugary drinks, I wasn't only incensed by it but deeply resented it. Like many who sit in think tanks and see the deprivations of distressed communities from afar, Steir seems to think that because the 3-cents-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages will benefit the poor, they should be willing to pay for it. He crossed a serious social line when he wrote that....
BUSINESS
January 27, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, STAFF WRITER
The advocacy group CeaseFirePA called Monday for supporters to thank Comcast Corp. for "standing up to the gun lobby" after the cable giant demanded that the National Rifle Association edit one of its ads for the Pennsylvania outdoors show in Harrisburg in February. But an NRA spokesman said the gun-lobbying group conceded only to a minor edit of a 30-second TV advertisement after Comcast retreated from its initial demand that it remove all images of guns, handguns, and shooting ranges from two TV ads. "We made a concession once Comcast backed down," NRA spokesman Jeremy Greene said Monday.
NEWS
January 24, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
At the end of the last legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill effectively encouraging the National Rifle Association to sue cities and towns trying to prevent their residents from being shot and killed with illegal weapons. According to plan, the NRA last week sued Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Lancaster for passing reasonable laws requiring gun owners to tell the police when their weapons are lost or stolen. The cities' laws are aimed at so-called straw buyers, who purchase guns on behalf of criminals who are prohibited from doing so. When the guns are found at crime scenes and traced back to these straw buyers, they invariably claim the weapons were lost or stolen, avoiding responsibility and charges.
NEWS
January 21, 2015
IN YOUR editorial "Safety in the Crosshairs," you badly mischaracterize the NRA's efforts in filing several lawsuits early last week. The merits or lack of merit in each of the local ordinances passed by Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster are not at issue. What is at issue is that for many years these municipalities have illegally thumbed their nose at the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The law 18 Pa. C.S.A 6120, which has been on the book for many years, completely preempts municipalities from passing local gun regulations.
NEWS
January 16, 2015
DO YOU believe that an ex-husband, who has threatened violence against his former wife, should be able to have a gun? Do you think a seriously mentally ill person, who is a danger to himself and others, should be able to walk into a gun shop and leave with a loaded pistol? Do you believe the city has no business banning people with guns from entering government offices? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you are either nuts or an officer of the National Rifle Association.
NEWS
December 15, 2014
ISSUE | 'CAN'T BREATHE' A quiet time for her After repeated exposure to the video of Eric Garner's arrest in New York, I began to wonder how he could have said that he could not breathe 11 times had he been in a serious chokehold - as I was once. The most terrifying thing I experienced about a chokehold - as a small, older woman - was that I could not make a sound as I tried over and over to scream for help. Later, I regained consciousness on my back in the middle of the street, just yards from my front door.
NEWS
October 23, 2014
PENNSYLVANIA is a state dealing with multiple crises. It faces a crisis in education, to be sure. And a new report by the Keystone Research Center suggests a serious jobs crisis: The state has slipped to last place among 50 states in job growth. According to data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Pennsylvania lost 9,600 jobs in September alone. Between 2011 and 2014, the state experienced a paltry 2 percent growth in jobs. Compare that with the 22 percent growth in North Dakota, or the 11 percent growth in Texas.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The National Rifle Association is actively supporting a Republican congressional candidate in a Chester County-based district, adding a powerful but often-polarizing force to a contest where both candidates have tried to portray themselves as commonsense centrists. The gun-owners' group has donated nearly $10,000 to Ryan Costello's campaign and has deployed field staff in the district working to rally voters behind the first-time House candidate. Costello is the only congressional candidate in the Philadelphia region receiving the NRA's on-the-ground support, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.
NEWS
June 10, 2014
IT IS a comfort, albeit one of small caliber, to learn that there are actions people can take in the cause of gun rights that are so extreme they give pause to some poor soul within the headquarters of the National Rifle Association. Recent demonstrations in Texas in which proponents of open-carry gun laws have toted rifles into fast food outlets en masse got a written reprimand from the NRA - until a spokesman apologized for the criticism. Got that? NRA says don't go so far, gun demonstrators, then apologizes because, well, somebody went too far in suggesting that scary tactics are ill-advised.
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