May 9, 2013
The May 4 front-page article " How military rifles got to be a civilian commodity ," about the company Blue Sky Productions' importation of M-1 rifles, stated that "the modern tale of military-style weapons in America opens on Capitol Hill, in mid-1984. " Josh Sugarmann of the Violence Policy Center was quoted as saying that the 200,000 rifles imported by Blue Sky were "basically the first of the military weapons marketed to the civilian population. If you were going to draw an ‘assault weapons timeline,' it would start with the M-1 and...
May 3, 2013
Scott Dalrymple's May 2 op-ed, " The day I took a gun to school ," reminded me of an experience I had in high school: the day the administrators brought guns to school. I attended James Madison High School in Vienna in the mid-1980s. A series of classes within our driver education course was dedicated to hunter safety. These classes included many interesting topics, such as how to build a water still from simple materials to prolong survival...
April 21, 2013 |
Victories often contain the seeds of future defeats. So it is — or at least should be — with the Senate's morally reprehensible rejection of expanded background checks for gun buyers. The outcome is a test of both an invigorated gun safety movement and a gun lobby that decided to go for broke. The National Rifle Association assumed that blocking new gun legislation in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre would firmly establish its dominance. Advocates of sane gun regulations would scatter in despair and be torn apart by recriminations.
April 16, 2013 |
NINE YEARS ago, the Senate confronted the immensely polarizing issue of gun control. At the time, a Republican and a Democrat offered an amendment to close the loophole that allowed people to buy guns from unlicensed sellers at gun shows without background checks. Fifty-three senators, including eight Republicans, voted for the amendment. One of the sponsors was Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who lamented, "Criminals and terrorists are exploiting this obvious loophole in our gun safety laws.
April 4, 2013 |
The Maryland Senate on Thursday gave final approval to Gov. Martin O'Malley's far-reaching gun-control legislation and advanced a measure restructuring the Prince George's County school system. The schools bill passed 39 to 7 and went to the House, where its prospects for passage in the coming days appeared strong. The gun bill , which passed 28 to 19, was sent to the governor's desk, and aides said O'Malley (D) would sign it into law as early as next week. As expected, Senate Democrats signed off on...
February 13, 2013 |
When Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's controversial gun-control bill came up last week in the state Senate, lawmakers held an open hearing that drew more than 1,000 people and lasted more than eight hours. But so far, members of the House have considered the proposal in secret, with the speaker and other key lawmakers meeting with lobbyists, experts and state officials in a closed-door conference room that has been off-limits to the public. The 16 members of the group...