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August 24, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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!
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 13, 1987 | By Howard Manly, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Philadelphia man who shot himself with a gun that was registered to Mayor Goode in 1980 was charged yesterday with weapons offenses and making a false report to police, police said. The man, Herbert Byrd, 30, of the 1300 block of North Conestoga Street, was arrested at 4:15 p.m. at his home, a police spokesman said. Byrd was awaiting arraignment last night. Detective Gerald Whartenby, a police spokesman, said Byrd gave a false account of how he wounded himself in the thigh Nov. 18, the day the gun came to light.
NEWS
February 8, 2001 | by Barbara Laker, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Dana DiFilippo contributed to this report
Over and over, this kind of story has a tragic ending. Boy finds loaded gun. Boy picks it up. Boy dies. But Joseph Lynch Jr., 7, of the Northeast, created a different story and gave his parents, cops and friends a reason to be proud. Joey, a first-grader at St. Martin of Tours, will be honored by the Philadelphia Highway Patrol tomorrow for preventing a possible tragedy after finding a fully loaded gun in the snow. Joey discovered the black and silver pistol under a mound of snow on New Year's Eve as he and his father, Joseph Sr., were shoveling the walk outside their home on Lardner Street near Roosevelt Boulevard.
NEWS
September 12, 1990 | By Michael Peck, Special to The Inquirer
A Bellmawr man was charged last week with hindering prosecution after he attempted to recover a handgun police believe was used in an attempted murder in Bellmawr Sept. 1. Bellmawr Detective William Hanna said he and an investigator from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office were searching for the weapon at 4 p.m. last Wednesday near a ramp leading from Interstate 295 to Interstate 76 when they spotted Jeffrey Reed, 20, of the 200 block of Walnut Avenue. "I found him looking for the gun," Weston said.
NEWS
February 28, 2001
New York police believe a feud between rap artists Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown turned to gunfire. According to the New York Post: "Hip-hop diva Lil' Kim pleaded ignorance yesterday in the street-corner gun battle that erupted after her crew and another rapper's posse crossed paths outside a radio station. " "Crew?" "Posse?" What are they, street gangs? We had hoped after the shooting deaths of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., that rappers would reduce the level of violence they attract and encourage.
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NEWS
July 20, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 No place for guns There will be thousands of angry people in Cleveland this week legally voicing their concerns about the Republican candidate and the state of our nation. Among them, whatever their motivations, will be people visibly carrying all kinds of weapons, from pistols to assault weapons, loaded with bullets, some capable of piercing bulletproof vests ("A peaceful, focused protest," Monday). "Open carry" is allowed in Ohio. Its exercise seems foolish and provocative, especially now, when shootings, ugly discourse, and heated political rhetoric make us all on edge and sad. At the least, open carry is confusing for police officers, who deserve all the support they can get. What if a police officer - making a split-second decision - kills someone walking around in camouflage gear and toting a long weapon?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
Without Guns, they'd just be Roses. But GNR had a gun . . . and it almost forced them to cancel a gig. Rolling Stone reported that Guns N' Roses was detained on its trip from Philadelphia to Toronto when a gun belonging to a member of the band's touring company was found on board one of the vehicles in the tour convoy. Billboard said Axl Rose shared the detention story toward the end of Saturday night's gig at Toronto's Rogers Centre. "So, we weren't exactly arrested. We were detained," Rose told the crowd.
NEWS
July 19, 2016 | By Kenyatta Johnson
COMMON-SENSE gun reform is a movement whose time has come. As we move forward as a country, the American people are demanding change after years of mass shootings and regular incidents of gun violence that go unchecked. I urge members of Congress to continue their mission to demand votes on gun control. In late June, House Democrats staged a 25-hour sit-in, symbolic of civil rights sit-ins from the 1960s, to demand votes for gun control. The sit-in came in the wake of the worst mass shooting on U.S soil on June 12, at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Forty-nine innocent people lost their lives and 53 were injured.
NEWS
July 18, 2016
ISSUE | CULTURE OF VIOLENCE Stop glorifying guns and demand controls It's time to stop our irresponsible state of denial. We immerse our kids in thrilling scenes of a dozen macho men pointing guns at each other. Children watch the good guy kill 20 bad guys with a pistol, while the bad guys can't hit the side of a barn with AR-15s. Is it a surprise kids grow up thinking guns are the answer to life's problems? We do not allow nudity or explicit sex scenes on prime-time TV, so why so much violence?
NEWS
July 16, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, MUSIC CRITIC
Axl Rose appreciates your patronage, but would find it perfectly reasonable if you had given up on him by now. "Thank you so much for coming," the still-snake-dancing 54-year-old redheaded Guns N' Roses singer said to a Lincoln Financial Field full of fans Thursday night near the start of the hard-rock band's first Philadelphia show in more than 20 years with its "classic lineup. " "I would have understood if you didn't. " Rose's empathy with the exasperation of his long-suffering fans was understandable as well.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
TYHIR BARNES died on Monday. He was 15. Cause of death: a bullet to his face, police say, after some coward pumped bullets into a crowd after a neighborhood basketball game in Southwest Philly. Why shoot into a crowd? Maybe it was retaliation over trash talk after a basketball win, or something equally trivial. But let's call the cause of death what it is. A disease. Tyhir Barnes, a kid with promise, a kid who gave his family hope, died of our national disease, gun violence.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2016 | By Bill Chenevert, For The Inquirer
The New City Stage Company's Roseburg , running through July 31 at the Adrienne Theater Second Stage, is a play about gun control, set in the 1960s, when great figures are being assassinated and Stokely Carmichael, ironically a former leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, is encouraging the disenfranchised and marginalized to take up arms. It is a fever dream of political theater, and its timeliness is eerily unsettling. Ginger Dayle writes and directs, with Russ Widdall acting as Bobby Kennedy (as he did in New City's RFK )
NEWS
July 8, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Philadelphia playwright Ginger Dayle was eager for her actors to learn all they could about guns and gun control before they staged Roseburg , her new political drama about gun violence in America. The New City Stage Company production opens Saturday at the Adrienne Theater after a two-day preview Thursday and Friday. The play, which closes July 31, will devote one of its closing nights to an audience of delegates from the Democratic National Convention. Dayle said that, to prepare, her cast of nine actors read about mass shootings from Columbine to the Orlando massacre and brushed up on legislative history.
NEWS
July 6, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - On April 17, 2013, Sen. Pat Toomey stood at the center of the wrenching national debate on guns. That day, the Pennsylvania Republican's bill to expand background checks for firearm purchases, written in the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., fell six votes short of advancing. It remains the closest a new gun law has come to clearing the Senate in recent times, and won Toomey widespread praise, including from President Obama, who hailed his courage.
NEWS
July 4, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A 4-year-old girl who shot herself with a gun she found in her North Philadelphia home was remembered Saturday in a funeral and buried in Bucks County. Philadelphia police released more details about the death of the child, Sani Holmes, who found a loaded, .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun in a closet in the second-floor front bedroom of her home on North 20th Street, near Berks, about noon June 23. Services for the child were held Saturday morning at United Missionary Baptist Church, 2500 W. Thompson St. She was buried at White Chapel Memorial Park, 140 W. Street Road in Feasterville.
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