Wednesday, December 19, 2012
National group issues statement about preventing future tragedies after shooting that killed 28, including the gunman, in Connecticut.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
After days of silence, the National Rifle Association has released a statement on the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., saying it will make "meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again." In the release, the organization begins to explain its silence, saying: "Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting." Critics had called out the group in the days following the shooting: As citizens and legislators began to fall on either side of a debate about what, if at all, should be done about gun laws, many wondered why the group was absent from the conversation. Like many Americans, Patch readers have been…
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Does the massacre at Newtown, CT, signal the need for a political debate on gun regulations?
Before officials had even held their first press conference Friday, Facebook was abuzz with status updates about the Newtown, CT, massacre. The statuses were split between those sending their condolences and those asking if the country would finally deal with the issue of gun control. Some fought back, asking for respect and mourning before political debate began. Others remained fierce in their belief that stricter gun control regulations would have prevented such a mass killing, saying the victims were shot multiple times and with semi-automatic weapons, according to Fox News. The guns were not illegal and were, in fact, owned by the shooter's mother. Among them were a semi-automatic .223 caliber bushmaster rifle and two handguns. Those …
Monday, December 10, 2012
A Massachusetts gun owners group is lobbying for passage of a bill that would confer lifetime gun licenses — no renewals necessary.
Way too much red tape. That's the complaint of the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts, a group that is urging passage of a law that would abolish the requirement of having to renew a gun permit every six years, according to the Boston Herald. For comparison, Massachusetts vehicle drivers' licenses need to be renewed every five years. But the league says local police cannot keep up with timely gun permit renewals, and legitimate gunowners go license-less until the cops get time to do the paperwork. The law now allows 40 days for turning around license applications. In Boston, almost 1,000 people have applied for gun permits so far this year, with waits running about 10 weeks, the Herald quotes police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca as …
Friday, July 27, 2012
In the aftermath of the Colorado shooting last week that left 12 dead, gun sales surge in the United States, according to the Guardian.
Gun sales are up following the Colorado shooting last Friday. James Holmes, 24, is accused of firing weapons into the audience of the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight" in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater on July 20. The massacre left 12 dead and 58 injured. The weapons Holmes allegedly used included a shotgun, semiautomatic riafle and a .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol, according to the New York Times. Many gun buyers are afraid that politicans will "use the shootings" to enact stricter gun controls, according to the Guardian. In Colorado, applications for background checks during the three days following the shootings jumped 43 percent over the previous week. Do you support stricter gun controls? Let us know in the comments. If we …