December 20, 2012 |
Every mass shooting has three elements: the killer, the weapon and the cultural climate. As soon as the shooting stops, partisans immediately pick their preferred root cause with corresponding pet panacea. Names are hurled, scapegoats paraded, prejudices vented. The argument goes nowhere. Let's be serious: (1) The Weapon Within hours of last week's Newtown, Conn., massacre , the focus was the weapon and the demand was for new gun laws. Several prominent pro-gun Democrats remorsefully professed new openness to gun control . Sen....
December 22, 2012 |
At 3 a.m. on July 2, 1993, Steve Sposato sat down in his darkened living room to write, by hand, a letter to the president of the United States. His life had just been shattered. Hours earlier, in the afternoon, a deranged man armed with semiautomatic weapons had gone on a rampage, slaughtering eight people at an office building in downtown San Francisco. The gunman's motive would remain forever a mystery. Among the slain: Steve's wife, 30-year-old Jody Jones...
January 18, 2013 |
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's ambitious gun-control package would require citizens who move to Maryland to register guns purchased in other states, and will make it illegal for residents younger than 21 years old to purchase or own registered firearms or ammunition. Those restrictions were among new details the governor and his staff released Friday as they put the final touches on a gun-control package that has gained national...
December 19, 2012
Here's a complete transcript of President Obama's remarks on his administration's plans for gun control, and his views on the impending fiscal cliff, as delivered on Dec. 19, 2012. Transcript was updated as the remarks unfolded. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning, everybody. It's now been five days since the heartbreaking tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut; three days since we gathered as a nation to pray for the victims, and today a few more of the 20 small children and six...
January 29, 2013
In his Jan. 26 letter, " Assault weapons are legal and safe ," Brett Weeks argued that assault weapons are inanimate objects and are not responsible for shootings. In other words, guns don't kill people; people kill people. In a sense, Mr. Weeks is correct. Assault weapons don't typically go around murdering people without someone pulling their trigger. Unfortunately, the "guns are not killer robots" defense doesn't address the main concern of people who favor an assault-weapons ban. The issue is that assault weapons make it...
March 25, 2013
The March 23 editorial " Banning assault weapons " stated that the "legitimate need to own AR-15s is minuscule. " This phrase is fairly accurate: Most people do not need an AR-15. But what about those who want one, whether it is for their personal safety, target-shooting or any other legitimate purpose? Personally, I don't need a 300-horsepower, two-seat car, but I wanted one and I acquired one. Do sports cars kill a disproportionate number of people compared with minivans and staid four-door sedans?