April 30, 2007
BARBARA Montgomery's letter of April 26 is essentially what you'd expect from the Brady Campaign. Like all Americans, my thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Virginia Tech community. But this tragedy is not about gun control, it's about the problems in a system that recognized an individual as a danger, yet failed to act on it. Ms. Montgomery's derision of the Second Amendment is plain in her repeated use of quotation marks around the word "right. " While she claims to want a dialogue, the mission of the Brady organization is clear: prohibition.
April 27, 2015 |
A national gun-control campaign aimed at "bad apple" firearms dealers took aim in South Philadelphia on Saturday as advocates staged a demonstration in front of a major gun wholesaler and retailer near Front Street and Tasker Avenue. Several dozen protesters led by the Washington-based Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence singled out Firing Line Inc. for having sold, over the years, dozens of guns that later were used in crimes or in some other way ended up in the possession of law enforcement authorities.
April 28, 2007 |
A key campaign operative quit U.S. Rep. Bob Brady's mayoral campaign late yesterday, hours after acknowledging that he had advised others how to set up "independent" groups to attack Brady rival Tom Knox. The aide, Ken Smukler, confirmed yesterday that in February, while working for Brady, he had contacted Frank Keel, a close adviser of labor leader John Dougherty, to create such a committee. Smukler said he had also provided advice to former City Commissioner Alex Z. Talmadge Jr. - who, unlike Dougherty, is heading a group that vows to run anti-Knox TV ads. Smukler's dramatic exit from the Brady campaign came on the same day that another stealth committee surfaced with TV ads slamming Knox.
August 7, 2014
James S. Brady often said he tried to forget the hail of bullets that felled him 33 years ago. Fortunately, though, the former press secretary to Ronald Reagan kept other facets of the attempted assassination - especially the availability of guns and the nation's inability to keep them out of the hands of troubled people - in sharp focus. The fight for better gun control became a calling for Brady, who died of complications from his crippling wounds Monday at the age of 73. It was the lifesaving mission of a man who acknowledged that the life he knew before John W. Hinckley Jr. took aim was lost forever.
February 13, 2007 |
If you want to find Tom Knox, try watching Law and Order Saturday night. Keep watching and you'll find Bob Brady, too. Knox, Philadelphia's millionaire mayoral candidate, who has had the airwaves to himself for nearly three months, is finally getting some company. Starting today and lasting into next week, Brady's mayoral campaign is moving onto TV, airing commercials that will run, on some channels, nine or more times a day. A campaign aide yesterday would not say what the ad was about, when it was made, or whom it targeted.
March 27, 2009
Congressman Bob Brady is the latest Philadelphia political heavyweight to get a lesson in campaign finance 101 from the city's no-nonsense Board of Ethics - and what a good talking-to Brady received this week from the watchdog agency. The city Democratic Party chief was slapped with a $19,250 fine and forced to tap his campaign war chest for a $50,000 refund to a political committee for failing to disclose thousands of dollars in union contributions and spending by his 2007 mayoral campaign.
May 19, 2007 |
It's too late for the information to help voters with their choices, but another of the "527" organizations that attacked mayoral candidate Tom Knox has revealed its financing - and it turns out the group got key support from allies of Knox rival Bob Brady. The painters' union gave $100,000 to the organization, which called itself Working People for Truth, according to information the 527 group sent to the city the day after Tuesday's primary. The group also got a substantial donation - $25,000 - from the political fund of former State Treasurer Barbara Hafer, records show.
September 3, 2011 |
Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson signed off on two gun permits in July for a Camden city councilman with a criminal record that bars him from purchasing a firearm under state law, according to law enforcement sources and documents. Thomson, who has sole responsibility for approving gun permit applications from qualified city residents, declined to comment on Councilman Curtis Jenkins' application's approval, citing state confidentiality rules about applications and background investigations.
March 27, 2007 |
At a time when Bob Brady's mayoral campaign found itself under a cloud, the veteran congressman found a way to make the sun come out - with a little help from a man he calls his friend, Gov. Rendell. Union officials say that without Brady, this week's tentative settlement of the strike at Community College of Philadelphia would not have happened. And without Rendell, who at Brady's request promised state money from his discretionary funds to bridge the deal, Brady would not have been able to pull this rabbit out of the hat - and boost to his campaign.
September 14, 2004 |
Some call this dangerous turf, a Democrat touting gun-control laws in a state thick with gun owners. But U.S. Rep. Joseph M. Hoeffel has been doing exactly that lately, talking up audiences in Philadelphia and beyond, slamming his Republican opponent, Sen. Arlen Specter, for opposing an extension of the assault-weapons ban, which expired yesterday. "I defend the Second Amendment right to bear arms," Hoeffel said. "But no one needs an Uzi to defend himself or his family. " While he backed the ban in 1994, Specter now considers it a "feel-good measure" and "diversion from the effective way of dealing with violent crime.