May 6, 2013 |
HOUSTON - National Rifle Association leaders told members Saturday that the fight against gun control legislation was far from over, with battles yet to come in Congress and next year's midterm elections, but they vowed that none in the organization would ever have to surrender their weapons. Proponents of gun control also asserted that they are in their fight for the long haul and have not been disheartened by last month's defeat of a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun sales.
May 12, 2013 |
They were standing next to each other in the pouring rain in Morrisville's Williamson Park, but they didn't exactly see eye to eye. Onstage, an anti-gun violence rally was in full swing, with preachers, parents and former Gov. Ed Rendell advocating for universal background checks on guns. In the crowd, anti-gun violence advocates intermingled with pro-gun rights protesters who had finished up a rally of their own an hour earlier. Men toting rifles and handguns stood at the front of the crowd and shouted at speakers on-stage while anti-gun violence protesters tried to drown them out with cheers and chants.
May 14, 2013
By Brian Wright O'Connor Nearly 50 years after leaving the University of Pennsylvania for Vietnam, Lt. Col. Mortimer Lenane O'Connor will receive a posthumous Ph.D. today in a ceremony honoring academic achievement and sacrifice on the field of battle. My father, who set aside his dissertation to lead soldiers in war, will be included in the Class of 1968, the year he would most likely have completed his doctorate had fate not intervened. Born in 1930, my dad grew up in the company of soldier-storytellers on Army garrisons from Manila to the Old West, and watched his own father and three uncles set off for war in Europe.
August 24, 1995 |
It was "paranoia" that caused the North Philadelphia teen-ager to shoot and kill a man who was trying to rob him, even after the man had put down his weapon, the suspect told police. Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron said Bryan Blair, 17, overreacted when he killed Anthony Jarman, 28, inside a house on Master Street near 15th on July 10. Yesterday, after a preliminary hearing, Municipal Judge J. Earl Simmons ordered Blair, of Jefferson Street near 17th, to stand trial in adult court on a general charge of murder.
April 16, 2013 |
THE LINE between life and death is sliver thin on Corlies Street. It was 4:45 on a November afternoon in 2008 when Alicia Colter stood up from the computer in her dining room and took a few steps toward the kitchen to start dinner. She stopped and turned when her then-8-year-old twins summoned her to the living room to watch something on TV. That very instant, a .380 bullet exploded through the dining-room window and whizzed by, six inches from her skull. If Colter hadn't veered, the bullet, which lodged in the kitchen wall, likely would have struck her. "My children called me away and they saved my life," Colter said.
February 8, 2002
WE'RE SURE Officer Vanessa Carter-Moragne feels terrible about her gun discharging and hurting a 10-year-old boy. She's a mother herself, after all; in fact, she was at school to pick up her son Wednesday when a group of students asked to see her gun. She removed the clip and passed the automatic weapon around; apparently, there was one bullet in the chamber. When she returned it to her holster, it discharged, grazing a student, who required five stitches and was sent home. But the fact that something far worse didn't happen doesn't mean she should get off easy.
May 19, 2008
ONE THING to remember about the Philadelphia Gun Violence Task Force is not how many guns it confiscates, but the people it arrests. And there is one other thing: the amount of noise it makes on the streets. Last week the task force, funded by a $5 million state grant championed by state Sen. Vince Fumo, announced 19 people had been charged with illegally transferring handguns. Since December 2006, the task force, which includes representatives of the offices of the district attorney, attorney general and Philadelphia police, has arrested 165 people and taken in 262 firearms.
July 31, 2008
TO letter-writer Albert Whitehead: As is clearly indicated in the picture on Page 6 (July 22), that is a revolver that doesn't eject its spent casings. The primers (center of the bullet) is indented, indicating the firing pin hit them and indeed blasted away in Southwest Philly - most likely at cops hired to protect you, your family and me when entering the city to work. Thanks to all the brave cops who put their lives on the line every day. Mark Daughterman, Langhorne Mr. Whitehead, before you start thinking that the police did wrong, look at the picture carefully!
January 2, 2013
By John R. Lott Jr. With horrible tragedies fresh in everyone's mind, including Newtown, people are understandably wondering what can be done to prevent yet another tragedy. Alas, the mainstream media have already concluded that more gun control must be the answer. Passions run high on both sides. As of Thursday morning, more than 80,000 Americans had signed a White House petition asking that CNN anchor Piers Morgan, a vocal proponent of banning guns, be deported. Another petition urging the White House to "Keep Piers Morgan in the USA" had generated 4,500 signatures.
November 18, 1986
Upon reading Christopher Hepp's Oct. 26 article, "Why prominent people hold gun permits," I feel compelled to respond to some of the issues discussed. I agree with the Police Commissioner Kevin M. Tucker that the number of gun permits should be reduced. But I believe that the more detailed application form, which now requires a fuller explanation of why the gun is needed and asks whether the applicant has tried other means before seeking a gun permit, is not enough. First of all, those interviewed for the article said that they rarely carried their guns.