Tag: Gun Control

Beyond the Grave, the N.R.A.’s $56 Million Donor Lives On

FAIRFAX, Va. — The National Rifle Association’s largest donor is a magazine magnate, avid hunter and gun collector who died a dozen years ago. The gun group has long kept the identities of most donors shrouded in secrecy. It is not required to make them public, and has even resisted turning over records of its […]

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New Zealand Begins Gun Buyback Prompted by Mosque Attacks

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — More than 150 gun owners turned in semiautomatic weapons and gun parts to the police in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Saturday, the first day of nationwide gun buyback events after the government banned most such firearms in the wake of a terrorist attack on mosques in the city. Mike Johnson, the […]

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De Blasio Is on the Wrong Side of Gun Prosecution Reforms

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York took a break from his long-shot presidential campaign this week to attack a program in Brooklyn that keeps young people who’ve been convicted of having an unlicensed gun out of prison. It was a strange move. Brooklyn’s diversion program is doing good, not harm, the evidence shows. It’s […]

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A Gun-Focused Special Session in Virginia Ends Abruptly

In the grim aftermath of the mass shooting in Virginia Beach in May, Gov. Ralph Northam insisted it was time for action. Thoughts and prayers were not enough, he said, as he called for a special session of the Virginia General Assembly to consider a raft of gun control proposals. That special session began on […]

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Setting Sights on the AR-15: After Las Vegas Shooting, Lawyers Target Gun Companies

For years, advocates of gun control have struggled to pierce a legal shield that protects firearms manufacturers from liability, even as gunmen in mass shootings have relied on their powerful wares to amplify the carnage of their attacks. More than a decade ago, New York City failed in its bid to go after some gunmakers […]

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N.R.A. Donor Directs a Revolt Against a ‘Radioactive’ Leader

NASHVILLE — Even as the National Rifle Association has been consumed by relentless and increasingly public infighting, Wayne LaPierre has maintained a firm grip on its leadership. Now one of the gun group’s major benefactors says he is preparing to lead an insurgency among wealthy contributors to oust Mr. LaPierre as chief executive, along with […]

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There Is Such a Thing as Too Far Left

How far to the left the Democrats are going has been a major topic of conversation in the first months of the contest for their party’s presidential nomination. One school of thought, which includes every Republican, holds that the Democrats have taken a sharp turn to the left and may be leaving some of the […]

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Twitter Offers ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ After NRATV Meets Its Untimely Demise

Photo: iStock In the immediate aftermath of tragedy, the phrase “thoughts and prayers” is probably the last thing you want to hear. Especially if it’s in response to a mass shooting and coming from politicians or public figures with no intention of properly addressing gun reform. On Tuesday, the New York Times reports that the […]

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How 21 Democrats Answered Our Questions Before the Debates

Which Democratic candidates believe that the next president could stop climate change? Which candidates don’t believe that? And where do they stand on the future of health care, handguns, big tech, the Supreme Court and other issues that may come up at the debates on Wednesday and Thursday night? The New York Times has already […]

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A 2020 Cheat Sheet: How 21 Democrats Answered Our Questions Before the Debates

Which Democratic candidates believe that the next president could stop climate change? Which candidates don’t believe that? And where do they stand on the future of health care, handguns, big tech, the Supreme Court and other issues that may come up at the debates on Wednesday and Thursday night? The New York Times has already […]

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One-on-One With Cory Booker

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Cory Booker has executive experience, bipartisan bona fides and a raft of ambitious policy goals. So why is the New Jersey senator running in the middle of the 2020 Democratic pack — and how […]

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‘Lock the S.O.B.s Up’: Joe Biden and the Era of Mass Incarceration

WASHINGTON — In September 1994, as President Bill Clinton signed the new Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act in an elaborately choreographed ceremony on the south lawn of the White House, Joseph R. Biden Jr. sat directly behind the president’s lectern, flashing his trademark grin. For Mr. Clinton, the law was an immediate follow-through […]

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12 Ways the Progressive Takeover Is Transforming New York

ALBANY — At 7:20 a.m., after an all-night marathon marked by the passage of dozens of bills and a rubber-band fight on the floor of the chamber, the Legislature on Friday finally ended a 2019 session that was nothing short of groundbreaking. During the six-month session, lawmakers approved a raft of legislation, large and small. […]

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New N.R.A. Lawsuit Implicates Group’s Second-in-Command

The palace intrigue at the National Rifle Association deepened late Wednesday night as the gun group filed court papers accusing its second-in-command and top lobbyist of complicity in the recent failed coup against its leader, Wayne LaPierre. The accusation came in a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court against Oliver North, the N.R.A.’s former […]

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Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorist Loses to Father of 6-Year-Old Victim Over Hoax

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Several years ago a small publishing house called Moon Rock Books published a 455-page volume that argued the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre had never happened. In a dozen chapters, the book professed, among other things, that the school […]

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Shannon Watts’s Work Diary: The Demanding Job of Running ‘Moms Demand Action’

Shannon Watts was a consultant and stay-at-home mother of five in Zionsville, Ind., with maybe 75 Facebook friends when a gunman walked into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December 2012 and fatally shot 20 children. Ms. Watts sat down at her kitchen table trying to find something similar to Mothers Against Drunk […]

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A Gun Killed My Son. So Why Do I Want to Own One?

To be clear, there was nothing I could’ve done to save him. It’s just a fantasy that has been circling my brain in a holding pattern for decades — that somehow I could have intervened. On the evening of Dec. 14, 1992, a student armed with a semiautomatic rifle fired into the guard shack at […]

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