September 28, 2008 |
The day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the D.C. gun ban, leading gun control advocates dialed into a nationwide conference call to coordinate how the movement should frame its reaction to the media. Listening in was Mary McFate, a longtime board member of a Pennsylvania gun safety group. Although McFate had been a familiar face in gun safety circles for more than a decade, the other activists on the line were unaware that she once had a career as a corporate spy infiltrating activist groups.
December 19, 2012 |
Since the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School , many are wondering whether this tragedy might finally provoke action on guns . The answer is, it could. The reason may surprise gun-control activists. A post-Newtown examination of our gun laws would be the country's first such effort since the Supreme Court's 2008 decision in D.C. v. Heller, which struck down the District's handgun ban and affirmed an individual's constitutional right to bear arms.
December 18, 2012 |
Everyone knows we need to reduce gun violence in America. Everyone knows we still need to boost the economy, too. Usually these goals are debated in completely different policy silos. But what if there was a way to boost the economy and shrink gun violence? Wouldn't that be the holy grail at this hour? Might that not answer the president's call for new ideas? Allow me to propose a massive, debt-financed gun buyback program. Here's the case for it. Critics of fresh gun-safety measures argue that laws pushed at...
December 17, 2012 |
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg may be the most outspoken elected official advocating for enhanced gun safety laws, but the New York public servant who has hands-on experience in Washington getting such legislation passed is promoting the use of smart phones to hail cabs in Manhattan. In a prior life, New York's taxi and limousine commissioner, David Yassky, played a major role in writing the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, which outlawed the production of certain types of weapons and limited the size of...
January 4, 2013 |
The human carnage attributable to gun violence in America is undeniable. Our shared experience with the Virginia Tech shootings, the Aurora, Colo., theater massacre and the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn., have most Americans shouting "Enough!" Perhaps the political inertia that has long stalled intelligent legislation to curb gun violence can finally be overcome. Perhaps the political calculus regarding gun safety laws has at last changed from "How can I possibly vote to support such legislation?"
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.