Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Senate rejected Pat Toomey's attempt to expand background checks via a controversial gun control amendment voted on Wednesday afternoon.
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey sounded unconcerned in a conference call Wednesday when a reporter asked about the possibility that his NRA rating would be downgraded because of his recent compromise move on gun control. "This is not about the NRA or politics for me," Toomey said. The Toomey-Manchin amendment to expand background checks was narrowly defeated in the Senate on Wednesday afternoon. The vote was 54 yes to 46 no. Sixty votes rather than a simple majority were needed to pass the amendment. Toomey issued this statement just after the vote: “I did what I thought was the right thing for our country. I sought out a compromise position that I thought could move the ball forward on an important matter of public safety. My only regret is that our…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Philly's mayor will be testifying before a Congressional panel on gun violence.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
"On 01/19/13 go to your local gun store, gun range or gun show with your Constitution, American flags and your 'Hands Off My Guns' sign to send a loud and clear message to Congress and President Barack Obama," says coalition website.
A conservative group is hoping that tens of thousands turn out to show their support for gun ownership with their pocketbooks and picket signs the day before President Barack Obama is sworn in for a second term. The group, a coalition brought together for the event, declared Jan. 19 "Gun Appreciation Day." The hope is Americans nationwide will show their support for gun ownership by turning out en masse at gun stores, ranges and shows from coast to coast. “The Obama administration has shown that it is more than willing to trample the Constitution to impose its dictates upon the American people,” said Gun Appreciation Day chairman Larry Ward in a press release. The day comes as the gun control debate becomes more divisive. This past week, …
Friday, December 21, 2012
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, interrupted by protesters during a national press conference, says, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
The National Rifle Association (NRA) called on Congress to act immediately to put armed security officers in every school and make sure "blanket safety" is in place before school resumes after holiday break. "We need to make every school in America immediately deploy a protection program," said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. Should every school have armed security? Tell us in the comments section below. The NRA went on the offensive Friday saying violent video games such as Kindergarten Killer and "blood-soaked" films are to blame for gun violence such as last week's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. Do you think assault weapons should be banned? Vote in our poll. A protester interrupted the press conference …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
A nationwide coalition of mayors, including Philadelphia's mayor, asks President Barack Obama to make changes to the country's gun laws.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter joined a bipartisan coalition of mayors nationwide on Wednesday calling upon President Barack Obama to enact stronger gun control laws after the tragedy that took place last week in Newtown, Conn. The coalition of over 700 mayors urges the president “to put forward an agenda that is rooted in common sense and that will make it harder for dangerous people to possess guns, and easier for police and prosecutors to crack down on them.” The letter to the president lists several actions that could be taken immediately to potentially reduce gun violence. Those actions include: closing loopholes that allow gun buyers to skip criminal background checks, make high capacity rifles and magazines illegal to own and …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Some politicians are suggesting that it's time to ban assault weapons in the United States in the wake of Friday's Newtown school shooting.
Nineteen types of assault weapons — semi-automatic or fully automatic guns with the capacity to shoot many bullets in a short period of time — were banned in the United States from 1994 to 2004. In 2004, the ban expired and neither President Bush nor Congress acted to renew it. Some politicians are calling for new laws that would ban the type of high-capacity weapons used by the gunman to kill 20 children and six adults in an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. on Friday. Outgoing Sen. Joe Lieberman told the Associated Press Sunday that the U.S. should ban military-style assault weapons. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, said she would propose a law next year banning big clips, drums and strips of more than 10 bullets. In his …
Friday, July 27, 2012
A number of city and state political figures have spoken out about gun control in light of the shooting in Aurora.
A number of Philadelphia figures have spoken out on the issue of gun control in the wake of the tragedy in Aurora. After the July 20 shooting at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Returns" left 12 people dead and dozens of others wounded, the nation was abuzz with comments on gun control laws. The man accused of the massacre, James Holmes, 24, allegedly bought about $15,000 worth of ammunition, guns, chemicals and explosives over the past several months, CBS News says. Many of the supplies were bought over the Internet. Of his Internet purchases: over 6,000 rounds of ammunition and a bullet proof vest, CBS says. Nutter: Strengthen Gun Safety Both Mayor Michael Nutter and police commissioner Charles Ramsey publicly commented on gun …