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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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January 16, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie's shifting positions and rhetoric drew scrutiny during Thursday night's GOP debate, as he fended off a question on whether his stance on gun control had "evolved," and rebutted a rival's attempt to tar him as insufficiently conservative. In addition to stressing conservative credentials - highlighting his vetoes of gun-control legislation and rejection of the Common Core educational standards - Christie used blunt language to try to distance himself from President Obama, accusing the president of overstepping his authority with his recent executive action on guns.
NEWS
January 8, 2016
WHEN THE MASSACRE at Sandy Hook occurred three years ago, I went through my own personal sea change. I woke up on the morning of Dec. 14, 2012, having no specific opinion about guns and the Second Amendment and background checks and mental health and all of the layers of a problem that seemed so important to other people. To me, the right to bear arms was fundamental, but hardly the most fundamental of the individual rights incident to our status as citizens. I didn't have a problem with limitations on gun possession and couldn't understand the almost rabid reaction some Second Amendment purists had to any suggestion of gun control.
NEWS
January 8, 2016
ISSUE | GUN CONTROL Give Obama credit I applaud President Obama for taking concrete action to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in America ("A tearful Obama acts on guns," Wednesday). His executive actions will make a significant contribution to reducing the estimated 40 percent of gun sales that don't involve background checks - especially at gun shows and online. I'm also pleased that the president is adding federal resources to improve gun safety technology (smart guns)
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December 5, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The national debate on gun laws came roaring back Thursday in the Senate, again putting Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey in the middle of a political storm. Against the backdrop of Wednesday's shooting that killed 14 in San Bernardino, Calif., Democrats revived the bill to expand background checks that Toomey cosponsored in 2013, forcing a charged vote. Democrats also pushed a vote on a plan to bar suspected terrorists on the federal government's no-fly list from buying guns.
NEWS
October 13, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation in the aftermath of it. We've become numb to this. - President Obama After two more campus shootings left two students dead and four wounded in Arizona and Texas on Friday, the president's comments after nine were shot and killed at an Oregon college the week before become even more foreboding. With the House in apparent disarray following the unexpected resignation of its speaker, the possibility of a new gun law has gone from remote to inconceivable.
NEWS
October 9, 2015
ISSUE | WEST BANK Beware of Abbas Trudy Rubin's analysis of problems on the West Bank is shortsighted ("Danger signs on West Bank," Sunday). She warns that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' closing of the Oslo process will lead to increased tensions on the West Bank. She blames Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for being too focused on Iran at the expense of peace in his own backyard. Rubin paints a narrow picture of a complicated problem. She implies that an attack on Israel by the ayatollahs is too unlikely to worry about.
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June 25, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The event was scheduled months ago, well before nine people were killed while praying in a South Carolina church. But that shooting added a fresh, raw layer of emotion to Tuesday's inaugural Sandy Hook Promise dinner here. Arranged by relatives of victims in the 2012 Newtown, Conn., school massacre, family members and lawmakers gathered in the hope of furthering their work to prevent gun violence. Last week's slaughter underscored that mass shootings have failed to change the politics of gun control.
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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.
NEWS
April 12, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
The Delaware River delineates a national gun divide. On one side, a young mother decided her best defense against violent crime was to buy a gun - no doubt the remedy envisioned by state legislators who have sought to punish her hometown, Philadelphia, for any attempt at gun control. But carrying the weapon across the river got her weeks in jail and, but for a belated outbreak of prosecutorial restraint, years in prison with the criminals she was hoping to fend off. Gov. Christie's recent pardon of Shaneen Allen ended her ordeal a year and a half later, but not before she became a cause célèbre for gun-rights activists and a challenge to gun-control advocates.
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | Philly Clout
STATE SEN. Anthony Hardy Williams says he's a Democrat, but he's starting to make us wonder. Not like Manchurian Candidate-levels of concern, but still . . . we're concerned. Williams, one of six Democrats seeking the mayoral nomination, is backed by a trio of Main Line millionaires who want more charter schools. His wife works for the fracking industry. And it seems that he's a proponent of the so-called "stand your ground" gun laws pushed by the National Rifle Association. What's next?
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