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Jules WitcoverWASHINGTON -- As a consensus has slowly built that Congress will at best settle for half a loaf on tough new gun-control legislation, President Obama continues to do a version of a Muhammad Ali rope-a-dope dance on the issue. At the White House on...
Usually when a senator suffers a big public defeat, he slinks off to lick his wounds. He rarely retwists the arms that didn't bend his way. Colleagues don't like to be seen switching. Were they horribly mistaken the first time? Don't know what they...
Some people should not be trusted with access to firearms. On that point almost everyone agrees, the only debate being where to draw the line. But no one thinks that if the Unabomber had his sentence commuted, the Second Amendment would entitle him to...
Now that they're facing Washington's first serious push for new gun violence prevention laws since the Columbine massacre, gun lobbyists are grasping at straws — as in "straw" purchases. That's the slang for someone who legally buys a firearm from...
"Everybody got a pistol. This must really please the NRA" — from "Gun" by Gil Scott-Heron So maybe the NRA is about to get its wish. Here we are, a little over three weeks after the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., a...
We've all heard the saw about California being hostile to industry. Here's an industry that indisputably has grounds for complaint: the gun industry. Finally, the Legislature is getting something right. According to many experts, California's firearms...
SACRAMENTO — Here's an idea for a new gun control law: How about immediately seizing the personal arsenal of a fired cop? Dishonorably discharged soldiers, after all, aren't allowed to own firearms. Why should dishonored cops? Like booted...
The GOP agonistes. It's a Greek word portraying someone's agonizing journey to find themselves. Last week Rush Limbaugh said — I paraphrase — this country is conservative. More people in the United States espouse conservative...
Leonard PittsYou remember that serious conversation we were going to have about guns? Here's how serious it has turned out to be. Recently, President Obama described himself in an interview with The New Republic as an avid skeet shooter. Conservatives scoffed at...
The moment that most deserves to be remembered from Sunday's thrilling Super Bowl came before the game, when Jennifer Hudson joined students from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in singing "America the Beautiful." It was a heart-rending elegy for the...
Unlike the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut, the horrific death of Hadiya Pendleton last week might not have been enough all by itself to spark U.S. Senate hearings on gun violence. Yet the urban teenager's tragic case is sadly far...
Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy chaired a Judiciary Committee hearing today where he questioned Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association about expanding background checks to cover private sales, which produced an interesting exchange. (The answer is...
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