June 9, 1998 |
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.
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
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.
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...
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.
June 10, 1998 |
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.
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.
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.
November 7, 1994 |
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...