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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.
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April 27, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 28, 2007 | By Craig R. McCoy, Andrew Maykuth and Thomas Fitzgerald INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
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.
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February 13, 2007 | By Marcia Gelbart INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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.
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May 19, 2007 | By Craig R. McCoy and Marcia Gelbart INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
September 3, 2011 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 27, 2007 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 14, 2004 | By Carrie Budoff INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 27, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 10, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the widow of a slain Plymouth Township police officer filed a lawsuit Monday against the West Norriton gun store that sold guns to a straw purchaser. The suit alleges gross negligence by In Site Firearms for selling six guns in a three-month period to a man they should have identified as a straw purchaser. One of those guns was used to kill Officer Brad Fox in September 2012. According to the suit, In Site ignored several red flags about Michael Henry, including that he was a drug addict who had already purchased several of the same type of gun. Henry always paid in cash and transferred the guns to Andrew Thomas, a convicted felon barred from having firearms, in the gun store's parking lot, according to the suit.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 29, 2013 | By Mike Baker, Associated Press
OLYMPIA, Wash. - After struggling to sway both state and federal lawmakers, proponents of expanding background checks for gun sales are now exploring whether they will have more success by taking the issue directly to voters. While advocates generally prefer that new gun laws be passed through the legislative process, especially at the national level, they are also concerned about how much sway the National Rifle Association has with lawmakers. Washington Rep. Jamie Pedersen, a Democrat who had sponsored unsuccessful legislation on background checks at the state level, said a winning ballot initiative would make a statement with broad implications.
NEWS
March 16, 2013 | By Allison Steele and Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writers
In the wake of a grand jury report depicting a Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission awash in bribes and bid-rigging, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady is vouching for his man. His man who worked at the turnpike, that is. Brady (D., Pa.) said Thursday that "one of the most honorable people I know" is Melvin Shelton, his longtime friend and political ally, who now faces theft charges for alleged personal use of a turnpike car and falsifying of work hours. "He told me he did nothing wrong, and I believe him," Brady told The Inquirer.
NEWS
January 7, 2013 | By Philip Rucker, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The White House is weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing the nation's gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines, according to multiple people involved in the administration's discussions. A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental-health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the sources said.
NEWS
December 19, 2012 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
I get a lump in my throat every time I read about the murder of a child. Even the hard-boiled journalist doesn't trump the mother in me. Yet, as the first of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre - 20 of them children - were buried Monday, I realized through my anguish that this one feels so painfully hard to accept. Just writing the phrase this one feels absurd. But here's the cold-blooded truth: For all our sophistication and brain power, we're the most violent nation on the planet.
NEWS
October 2, 2012 | By Thomas Peipert, Associated Press
DENVER - A man wounded in the mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater is appearing in a nationwide TV spot aimed at drawing attention to gun violence as part of the upcoming presidential debates. Stephen Barton, 22, of Southbury, Conn., was among the 58 people injured in the July 20 attack in Aurora that also left 12 people dead. Barton was bicycling across the country and staying with a friend the night of the shooting. He now does victim outreach and policy research for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which helped produce the ad that began airing Monday.
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July 25, 2012 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Common Pleas Court judge has ruled that the Cozen O'Connor law firm cannot forgive nearly $450,000 worth of legal work done for U.S. Rep. Bob Brady's 2007 mayoral campaign without violating the city's campaign finance law. The powerful Center City firm successfully defended Brady, also head of the city's Democratic party, against rival Tom Knox's effort to get him kicked off the ballot in the 2007 mayoral primary, eventually won by Mayor Nutter....
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