May 18, 2013 |
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., wasn't planning to co-sponsor legislation seeking to expand background checks for gun purchases if reintroduced. While Toomey noted that it was "unlikely" another attempt to pass the measure would succeed in Congress, he said he would be a co-sponsor of such a bill if it were to be reintroduced. As a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association with an "A+" rating for her voting record in the Tennessee House of Representatives, Debra Maggart never imagined that her political career would end this way. Maggart, who chaired the Republican caucus, killed an NRA-backed bill that would have permitted Tennesseans to keep firearms in their parked vehicles wherever they went — work, school or the neighborhood bar. Months later, Maggart was stunned to see NRA-sponsored ads on billboards in her district.
July 31, 2013 |
The Senate on Wednesday confirmed a director to head the agency that regulates firearms and investigates gun and explosives crimes, ending an extraordinary seven-year run in which the agency has been without a permanent, full-time leader. By confirming B. Todd Jones , the U.S. attorney for Minnesota and the acting part-time director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives by a vote of 53 to 42, Congress provided the Obama administration with a rare victory in its efforts to advance sweeping gun proposals.
February 2, 2013
Regarding Dana Milbank's Jan. 31 Washington Sketch column, "NRA's LaPierre can't shove aside reality" : Most of us saw an unspeakable tragedy on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn. National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre apparently saw an opportunity. Arming teachers and staff in all schools would mean even more guns sold. The slaughter of 20 first-graders, the impassioned testimony of a former congresswoman debilitated by a shot to the head, the logic of background checks and limits on the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines — none of that swayed Mr. LaPierre.
April 5, 2013
Giles Crimi [" A poor way to remember Newtown ," Free for All, March 30] used the right language to describe the wrong subject. The "offensive and outrageous" display of "inconceivably bad taste" is not the editorial cartoon published in The Post but rather the actions of the National Rifle Association and the cowardly toadies in Congress — Democratic and Republican alike — who are subverting the good sense and will of the majority of Americans...
May 9, 2008
Glenn Paul Barber, 77, a computer programmer, analyst and consultant, died of cancer May 1 at his home in the Fort Hunt area of Alexandria. Mr. Barber began his career in 1953 and worked on mainframe computers that filled entire rooms. He worked for Martin Marietta, Pittsburgh Steel and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, among others. From 1983 until 2000, he operated a computer consulting business and worked with the U.S. Customs Service and the National Rifle Association. Mr. Barber was born in Cleveland and attended Baldwin-Wallace College and Ohio University.
September 17, 2013
After the heartbreaking tragedy of Newtown, Conn., the National Rifle Association (NRA) said we didn't need an assault-weapons ban or limits on ammunition magazines to protect our children. Instead, said the NRA (and the politicians beholden to it), we needed armed security guards in each school. Well, Monday's tragedy at the Navy Yard showed us what having armed guards does: Nothing. It neither deterred this killer nor prevented his slaughter. As The Post reported [" Rampage at Navy Yard ," front-page, Sept.
July 13, 2011 |
Two days after President Obama approved a new rule to crack down on gunrunning to Mexico, a House committee voted Wednesday to block it from taking effect. The House Appropriations Committee voted 25 to 16 to insert a rider into the Justice Department's spending bill, prohibiting the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from implementing the regulation. The rule required 8,500 gun dealers along the U.S.-Mexico border to report, within five days of sale, multiple purchases of semiautomatic rifles that are larger than .22-caliber and use detachable magazines.
April 25, 2011 |
Elizabeth "Babe" Kihn, 87, who worked at the Interior Department from the early 1940s until retiring from an administrative job in the late 1970s, died April 6 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Fairfax County. She had a perforated bowel. Mrs. Kihn, an Alexandria resident, spent a few years doing secretarial work for the National Rifle Association after leaving federal service. She also competed in NRA-sponsored shooting contests. Elizabeth Alley grew up in Washington and was a 1939 graduate of Eastern High School.
December 21, 2012 |
Coming up today in the D.C. region: NRA: The National Rifle Association is set to hold a "major" news conference in Washington today in response to the Newtown school massacre. Hawaiian senator: A funeral for Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) will be held today at 10:30 a.m. at the National Cathedral. End of Days: "Apocalyptic" tasting menus, happy hours, fortune-tellers and costume parties are just a few ways to commemorate Dec. 21 oblivion in the D-M-V.
September 9, 2012
I guess school shootings have become so ho-hum that it is appropriate to put the story [" Gunman sows terror on first day of school "] about the critical wounding of one teen by another in a Baltimore County high school cafeteria deep inside the Aug. 28 Metro section — following an article about a python found in Rock Creek Park. Does it take a massacrebefore such a story is treated as real news? And how did a 15-year-old have access to a gun? Politicians need to become more afraid of gun violence than they are of the National Rifle Association and to show a little bravery themselves.