Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The president issued 23 executive actions and is urging Americans to pressure Congress to pass universal background checks on gun sales, ban military-style assault rifles and limit ammunition magazines. Share your thoughts here.
University City Mayor Shelley Welsch joined the ranks of several U.S. mayors Wednesday when she voiced support for President Barack Obama's gun control plan in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, CT. The president issued 23 executive actions and is urging Americans to put pressure on Congress to pass his proposed changes, including universal background checks on gun sales, a ban military-style assault rifles and limited ammunition magazines. Welsch, a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, issued a statement through the organization shortly after Obama spoke. "There are 33 Americans murdered with guns every day, and there's something we can do to stop the bloodshed. So why in the world would we …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Following the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, should we expect to see stricter laws regarding gun purchases in the United States?
The question reemerges after every mass shooting in America: are more stringent gun control laws necessary to prevent future shootings? It's a question that was posed after the shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, CO in July. And as the national conversation continues to focus on the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, it's a question being asked again. So far, lawmakers in Missouri have been divided on how to respond. As KMOX reported on Thursday, Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) is calling for the implementation of required background checks for people who buy firearms at gun shows. Meanwhile, other Missouri lawmakers are supporting a bill that would allow school officials with concealed carry …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Parkway School officials said they have already asked law enforcement to up their presence by having patrol officers check in at elementary schools.
Posting an armed officer in every Parkway and Rockwood school and in schools across the country is the goal of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the guns-rights lobby announced on Friday. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said Wayne LaPierre, the organization's top lobbyist, at a Friday news conference, according to a Huffington Post report. The statement comes on the heels of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT, where 20 children and six adults were killed. NRA had remained silent until Wednesday, when it first announced its intention to offer "meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again." The Parkway School District already has armed school resource officers (…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Legislation being prepared to ban assault-style weapons; President to make the issue "central" to his second term
With the national conversation centering on gun control legislation following the tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT, and the National Rifle Association scheduling a press conference Friday to weigh in on the issue, weapons of all sorts are flying off the shelves in gun stores in West County. "People are trying to get as many guns as they can," said Carter Finnell, general manager at Marco Polo Outfitters in Chesterfield Valley. "They think the opportunity to have certain firearms might disappear." In fact, Finnell was so busy that he didn't have time to comment beyond that, explaining that people were calling and coming into the store "like crazy." Several attempted calls to Adventure Shooting Sports, also in Chesterfield Valley, …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The company said in a statement that the move is in reaction to the school shooting in Connecticut.
The AP is reporting that Dick's Sporting Goods has suspended its sales of modern rifles nationwide in response to the school shooting in Connecticut. The company has posted a statement on its website which, in part, says its sympathies go out to the victims families and says it will not sell modern sporting rifles during this period of national mourning. There is a Dick's Sporting Goods store at 64 THF Boulevard in Chesterfield Valley. Nationwide, the company has more than 500 stores in 44 states. On Friday, a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and used a military-style rifle to kill 26 people, including 20 children, before turning the gun on himself. He also killed his mother in her home before going on the rampage.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
The St. Louis area represents both extremes in the debate in a single week.
There's no way to avoid it. The gun control debate re-emerges with every shooting like the one on Friday morning in Aurora, CO: A man kills 12 and wounds more than 50 in a movie theater at a premiere of the latest Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." On one end of the gun debate, Missouri Rep. John McCaherty (R-90th District), of High Ridge, is set to raffle off the civilian version of the military M16 rifle at a fundraising dinner Aug. 27. The rifle is a legally owned AR15 rifle that was given to him by the NRA. Meanwhile, on the other end of the debate over guns — legal or otherwise — only two mayors in the area have joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns: St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and University City Mayor Shelley Welsch. (It should be…