close enough to go straight to the target
The Brady Campaign found itself in the awkward position of using a firm called
Point Blank when it needed help last month.
fire a shot
When Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. promised ideas for responding to the massacre, he said he was “
shooting for Tuesday.”
a simple guaranteed solution for a difficult problem
“We know that there is no
silver bullet,” Mr. Biden said last week about stemming gun violence.
a reference point to shoot at
target” their opponents, lawmakers “stick to their guns,” advocacy groups “take aim” at hostile legislation and reporters write about a White House “under fire.”
point or cause to go towards
Candidates “target” their opponents, lawmakers “stick to their guns,” advocacy groups “
take aim” at hostile legislation and reporters write about a White House “under fire.”
an obsolete gunlock that has flint embedded in the hammer
“All of that ties into the frontier tradition, rugged individualism, a single American with a
flintlock or a gun of some kind holding off the Indians or fighting off the British,” said Robert Spitzer, a scholar of gun control at the State University of New York at Cortland.
efforts to regulate or control sales of guns
Gun control advocates these days generally do not use the term
gun control; instead, they talk about curbing gun violence, recognizing that “control” stirs opposition among legal gun owners who fear their rights being trampled.
fail to fire or detonate
“My opening line was, his speech was a
misfire; he missed the target,” Mr. Spitzer recalled. “I liked using the gun metaphor because I think it’s doubly appropriate for him.”
point or cause to go towards
For an editorial last week criticizing Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, for his past solidarity with the N.R.A., The New York Times used the headline, “Senator Reid Takes Fresh
someone who is the forefront of an important enterprise
Candy Crowley, the CNN anchor, introduced an interview by highlighting “our conversation with N.R.A.
point man Asa Hutchinson.”
of the motion of objects moving under their own momentum
As of Tuesday, the phrase “Alex Jones goes
ballistic” drew 357,000 hits on Google.
the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess
They talk about
curbing gun violence, recognizing that “control” stirs opposition among legal gun owners who fear their rights being trampled.
either of two fine mutually perpendicular lines that cross in the focus plane of an optical instrument and are use for sighting or calibration
Sarah Palin, the former vice-presidential nominee, for using
cross hairs on her Web site to identify Democrats like Ms. Giffords who she said should be defeated for re-election.
a portable gun
But during a discussion on fiscal talks, he [Obama] too used the terminology of
firearms. “What I will not do is have that negotiation with a gun at the head of the American people,” he said.