January 17, 2013 |
"An overwhelming majority of Americans agree with us on the need for universal background checks," President Obama said during his announcement of new gun control rules and proposals Wednesday. "Including more than 70 percent of the National Rifle Association's members, according to one survey. So there's no reason we can't do this. " That 70 percent figure was very familiar to the gray-haired man slumped in the second row of the Old Executive Building auditorium. John Feinblatt,...
January 14, 2013 |
BALTIMORE — New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I) brought his nationwide campaign for stricter gun control to Baltimore on Monday, imploring President Obama and lawmakers on Capitol Hill to summon the will to put in place meaningful reforms to reduce gun violence in the country. "This is not a constitutional question; it's a question of political courage," Bloomberg told a crowd gathered for a two-day gun summit at Johns Hopkins University's public health school, which bears the...
January 13, 2013 |
NEW YORK — Michael Bloomberg, America's most prominent and deep-pocketed advocate for gun control, would rather rehabilitate Republicans than oust them. "Somebody got them the way they are now," the mayor of New York said in a recent interview as he sat in the bullpen offices of City Hall, surrounded by a buzzing staff, blinking Bloomberg terminals and clocks telling the same time in each of the five boroughs. "Why can't you change them?" On Monday, Bloomberg will headline a summit on guns at the Johns Hopkins...
January 10, 2013 |
"I have one question for our political leaders," says Roxanna Green, whose 9-year-old daughter, Christina, was the youngest victim in the Tucson shootings two years ago. "When will you find the courage to stand up to the gun lobby?" she asks, in a commercial for Mayors Against Illegal Guns. "Whose child will have to die next? To every mother: We cannot wait. We have to demand a plan. " Yes, we do. But to anybody who thinks a plan is the easy part, given the politics, well, think again.
January 10, 2013 |
Purcellville Mayor Robert W. Lazaro Jr. is the newest Virginia member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national bipartisan coalition dedicated to combating gun violence across the nation. In the wake of the horrific mass shootings last month at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., Lazaro anno unced Dec. 31 that he had joined the coalition, which was established in 2006 and includes more than 700 mayors from across the country, according to the organization. Lazaro is the first Loudoun...
January 9, 2013 |
The first and most important victory for advocates of sensible gun laws would, on almost any other matter, seem trivial. But when it comes to firearms, it's huge: Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, attention to the issue has not waned and pressure for action has not diminished. Please don't dismiss this achievement. Consider that until so many children were gunned down, the National Rifle Association and the gun manufacturers for which it speaks were able to block calls for a legislative response in the wake of...