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December 20, 1991 | By JOSHUA HORWITZ
Gun violence has reached crisis proportions throughout the United States. Once a problem thought to be confined to large urban centers, gun violence now has spread to smaller, historically safer cities, such as Milwaukee, Wis., and Charlotte, N.C., both of which will set firearms fatality records in 1991. Even small towns in rural America are not immune from this violence, as the recent massacre of 23 people by a crazed gunman in Killeen, Texas, has horribly demonstrated. This year, firearms violence is expected to account for 33,000 deaths and more than 250,000 injuries.
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January 13, 1991 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
The League of Women Voters is known nationally for sponsoring and promoting political debates without endorsing political candidates. Its unbiased approach to politicians, however, does not mean the league is unwilling to take a stand on political issues. It made that point clear when it sponsored a public forum on gun control at the Swarthmore Borough Hall Wednesday. "We do not support candidates, but we do take a stand on issues," said Lyn Jones, Swarthmore league president.
NEWS
December 5, 2006
ONCE again, Stuart Caesar writes a letter huffing and puffing with indignation, but very few facts. Nazi Germany under Hitler did not require the forcible disarming of the populace to sweep into power. In Hitler's case, he won power at the ballot box by cleverly manipulating German citizens into hating Jews, gays and communists and by blaming all of Germany's woes on someone else. Once Hitler had the general populace duped, he didn't need to take away their guns. If anything, it was too many guns and not enough rational thought that allowed Germany to descend into the madness that was the Nazi era. But if open gun-toting among the populace is Mr. Caesar's idea of paradise, I'm sure he wouldn't mind moving to certain countries in Africa, Asia or the Mideast that have no gun control whatsoever, where you can find kids as young as 12 walking around with fully loaded AK-47s.
NEWS
February 6, 2007
RE YOUR JAN. 30 editorial on gun control: Twenty, 30, even 40 years ago, Philadelphia had drugs and gangs - and 40 years ago, gun laws were nowhere near as strict as they are now. Yet, there wasn't the violence we have today. Why? If the laxity of Pennsylvania gun laws is to blame for our violence, why was Pennsylvania's murder rate below the national average from 1995-2004? From 2004 the laws are unchanged, but murder accelerates. Why? We have more than 30,000 concealed-carry permit holders in Philadelphia.
NEWS
October 3, 1991 | By Kevin McKinney, Special to The Inquirer
The Second Amendment does not sanction anybody to bear arms, contrary to the views of the National Rifle Association, says John J. Turner Jr., professor of history at West Chester University. Turner spoke on "Gun Control: Do We Have an Unlimited Right to Bear Arms?" at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester last week, as part of the society's three-part series titled "Hot Topics: The Bill of Rights and Its Current Debates. " The series commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Bill of Rights.
NEWS
February 27, 2009
The wounding of a city police detective yesterday and a 12-year-old West Philadelphia boy's critical shooting on Wednesday offer the latest proof that the struggle to keep guns out of the hands of would-be killers is far from over. That makes a rare victory for gun-control advocates this week all the more sweet. In a convincing, 7-2 decision Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a 1996 law written by U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) that bars anyone convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from owning a firearm.
NEWS
November 30, 2009
HERE'S a different approach to gun control. Anyone who already owns a gun and applies to purchase another would have to bring in their current gun, on which police would conduct a ballistics test to find out if it was used in any criminal activity. If they were straw buyers, the odds of them still having the gun in their possession has to be remote, which means they can't produce the first weapon. This would raise a red flag and negate another purchase. If they are shown to be clean, only then can they buy another.
NEWS
October 2, 2006
A RECENT LETTER took up the topic of "the right to bear arms" and how liberals are trying to take that right away. I agree that it's not necessarily the gun's fault, more the person's fault doing the shooting. And yes, unfortunately, drug dealers and other criminals will find a way to get a gun for fights over drug corners and who has on the better sneaks. And yes, a lot of these people are repeat offenders, something that is very bothersome and should be looked at closely.
NEWS
June 11, 1989 | By Dan Hardy, Special to The Inquirer
When U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.) went to the June meeting of the Delaware County Field and Stream Association, he presented the club's officers with a flag commemorating the 3,500-member group's 50th anniversary and spoke briefly about local environmental issues. But it wasn't the flag presentation or Weldon's stand on such issues as acid rain that brought more than 60 club members out to hear him Wednesday at the Field and Stream clubhouse in Middletown Township. It was the opportunity to talk to him about gun control.
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NEWS
September 17, 2016
ISSUE | GUN VIOLENCE Lawmakers must stop the shootings We in the Philadelphia area do not need to wait for terrorists to infiltrate our city. We are managing, with guns, to kill each other ("9 shot on a deadly Tuesday in Phila.," Thursday). When a 2-year-old can pick up a loaded gun and shoot himself in a Bucks County home ("Police: Toddler shoots self with gun, dies," Tuesday), and a pregnant woman can be critically wounded on a Kensington street in broad daylight ("Pregnant woman, 2 others shot," Wednesday)
NEWS
August 26, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
Picking up the backing of the gun-control group CeaseFirePA in a war of endorsements, Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Katie McGinty pledged Wednesday to work with Pennsylvania sportsmen and hunters on gun measures if she is elected. McGinty said her Republican rival, Sen. Pat Toomey, views gun control "as a political calculation, as compared to a matter of principle," and slammed him for not acting on gun measures since he and Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) cosponsored a failed bill for background checks in 2013.
NEWS
August 24, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
A gun-safety group founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords endorsed Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) Monday, adding to a growing list of gun-control supporters backing the incumbent. The political action committee, Americans for Responsible Solutions, said it hopes to line up more support for its cause among congressional Republicans like Toomey. At the same time, its backing could help the incumbent, locked in an ever-closer race with Democrat Katie McGinty, attract moderate voters. Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, announced the endorsement in an opinion piece written for CNN - but said their decision in Pennsylvania was difficult.
NEWS
July 28, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
By sheer logistics, Ruth Donnelly and Dorothy Johnson-Speight might have never met. In 2001, Johnson-Speight was 52, living in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, working as a mental health therapist. Donnelly was 43, living in Olney, and working in education. Five miles separated them. They lived in different worlds. But profound tragedy - and coincidence - linked the two: Both lost their sons to murder. Both sons were killed by the same man, just five months - and two blocks - apart.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
I'd like to think the folks attending the Democratic National Convention next week will spend every minute of the day doing intense politicking at the Wells Fargo Center. But I'm willing to bet a few visiting dignitaries, delegates, and volunteers also will strike out to explore the city. My fellow Philadelphians are betting on it, too: Just about every arts and cultural organization in town has an event, exhibit, or performance planned. Here's a taste of what the city will have to offer.
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
June 27, 2016
Scott P. Charles is the trauma outreach coordinator at Temple University Hospital She should have been safe. When I first heard that Akyra Murray, a recent graduate of West Catholic Prep High School in Philadelphia, had become the youngest victim of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, my immediate thought was, "My God, she should have been safe. " Honor student. Basketball superstar. Odds beater. A rising college freshman from a city that had 280 homicides last year, visiting Orlando, a city that had 37. In fact, the victims who lost their lives at Pulse nightclub that night equaled the total number of homicide victims Orlando lost in 2014 and 2015 combined.
NEWS
June 27, 2016
ISSUE | GUN CONTROL Think of the victims In April, Dr. William Begg spoke in Philadelphia about the experience of watching the 6-year-old victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting come into the emergency room. As a doctor, that is one of my worst nightmares. Every time a mass shooting such as the one in Orlando happens, I think of the injuries that gunfire causes, and then I remember that people are injured or killed every day with guns in the city where I live. When I read about Sen. Pat Toomey's votes against gun-control bills Monday ("Gridlock on gun violence," Tuesday)
NEWS
June 25, 2016
By Taylor Hosking As members of Galaei approached the microphone at Philadelphia's City Hall vigil for Orlando, they asked Latino members of the audience to step toward the front and for non-Latinos to make room. Hesitant at first, the crowd started moving. Speaker Nikki Lopez read a passage by Latina scholar Gloria AnzaldĂșa's "To Live in the Border Lands" connecting queerness to Hispanic heritage. She introduced the passage, using the gender-neutral term Latinx , saying, "oftentimes, because so many of our lives are erased as queer Latinx people, we forget the legacies of those who have fought before us. Queer Latinx people live on the borderlands of many different identities.
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