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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.
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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.
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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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April 12, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
The spate of violent attacks that killed one child and injured 20 others in Pennsylvania this week is bound to create repercussions far beyond the immediate needs of the survivors and their families. Violent incidents like these can instill fear and anxiety among witnesses and the broader community that over time can breed more bloodshed, said Joel Fein, an emergency room doctor and codirector of the Violence Prevention Initiative at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The first victim, Jamara Stevens, 11, was killed Saturday when her 2-year-old brother accidentally shot her with a cocked .357-caliber revolver that he had found on top of the refrigerator in his West Philadelphia home.
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April 12, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Former President Bill Clinton delivered a rousing speech Thursday to promote Marjorie Margolies' congressional campaign, assuring the audience that "I would be here even if her son weren't my son-in-law. " In a 25-minute stump speech at the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel in Center City, Clinton praised Margolies not only for casting the deciding vote on his spending plan during her stint in Congress, but also for her work on gun control, student loans, and women's issues at home and abroad.
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March 17, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON As Senate President Stephen Sweeney seeks to strengthen his credibility among liberal voters by backing a proposal to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines, he also has set in motion political tests of Gov. Christie's conservative credentials and of gun-rights groups' influence in the aftermath of the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school. Sweeney, a Democrat, last year blocked the Assembly-backed bill, which would reduce the legal capacity of magazines from 15 rounds to 10. His district - which includes rural parts of Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland Counties - has a sizable constituency of gun owners and is generally more conservative than those represented by some of his fellow Democrats.
NEWS
September 23, 2013
Each shocking mass murder in this country, including last week's massacre at the Washington Navy Yard, predictably increases calls for more gun control. Just as predictable are attempts by some gun rights activists to shift attention to the shooter's mental health, spouting their slogan that guns don't kill people, other people do. For sure, the 12 people killed by a single gunman at the Navy Yard might be alive had the mental-health needs of the shooter been addressed adequately prior to the tragedy that also ended in his death.
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September 20, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
The latest Rutgers-Eagleton poll suggests Gov. Christie went against public opinion last month when he vetoed three major gun-control bills passed by Democrats. But the numbers shift slightly depending on whether poll respondents were informed of Christie's veto, suggesting the governor's actions could sway voters. The poll, which surveyed 925 adults in the state from Sept. 3 to 9 - before this week's shooting in the Washington, D.C., naval yard - has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.
NEWS
September 19, 2013
Mass shootings in America occur so frequently - nearly 30 in the 14 years since the 13 Columbine High School murders - it's a wonder that they garner as much attention as they do. The frequency may help to explain why a push for gun control after 20 schoolchildren and six adults were killed in the Newtown, Conn., massacre fizzled. Nine months later, the country is again wringing its hands after a lone gunman killed 12 people Tuesday at the Washington Navy Yard before being fatally shot by police.
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September 19, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
IT FELT as if someone had slugged him in the belly with a sledgehammer. Shot just below his bulletproof vest, Philadelphia Police Officer Rick Bowes collapsed on Colorado Street in North Philly. He lay dazed and bleeding, trying to get his bearings. Suddenly, Daniel Giddings loomed into view. Standing over the downed cop, Giddings dropped the spent magazine from his illegal gun and dug into his pocket for more ammunition. Bowes didn't know that Giddings already had shot and killed Officer Patrick McDonald a block away.
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August 28, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Beverly Wright has spent more than 2,700 days mourning her 23-year-old son, Emein Smith, who was shot and killed in Chester in 2005. On Monday, at a rally of local leaders, law enforcement officials, and anti-violence advocates, she asked parents to imagine living for all that time without their children. "The pain of losing a son or daughter is the hardest thing a person has to endure," she said, standing before Chester City Hall alongside a quilt she had made from her son's clothing.
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August 18, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie rejected three major pieces of gun-control legislation Friday that Democrats passed following last year's fatal school shootings in Connecticut. Despite proposing a ban on purchases of the Barrett .50-caliber gun and similar weapons in April, Christie vetoed a bill that would have done just that. He said Friday that the bill went too far, in that it would have criminalized current and future ownership of all .50-caliber guns, which have never been used in crimes in New Jersey, but are used by marksmen for long-range, precision shooting.
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July 8, 2013 | By Steve Peoples, Associated Press
DOVER, N.H. - Thirty months after she was shot in the head, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords sits in a New Hampshire restaurant facing parents of children killed in the nation's latest school shooting. They are here to talk political strategy, but Giffords doesn't say much. She doesn't have to. She has become the face of the fight for gun control - a woman now known as much for her actions as her words as she recovers from a 2011 attack that forever changed her life and ended six others.
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