June 25, 2015 |
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.
April 27, 2015 |
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.
April 12, 2015 |
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.
April 3, 2015 |
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?
December 18, 2014
GUN-CONTROL zealots like Helen Ubiñas don't miss a beat when it comes to exploiting tragedy. Here's a more accurate breakdown: Of the 30,000 "deaths by gun," more than two-thirds are suicides. Not much we can do about this; if guns had any link to suicide rates, Japan would have the lowest suicide rate in the world instead of one of the highest. Of the 10,000 or so homicides by gun, the vast majority are criminal-on-criminal or likely self-defense homicides. Studies have shown consistently that at least three-fourths of homicide victims (regardless of weapon)
December 17, 2014 |
WHATEVER REASON we eventually settle on for the latest deadly shooting spree, this time in Montgomery County yesterday - mental illness, easy access to guns, a world gone mad - we know one thing for sure: A gun shattered families, a community and our sense of safety. A gun. Again. Just hours after the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 people dead, including 20 children, and in the midst of a siege in Sydney, Australia, that eventually ended with three dead, including the assailant, another shooting spree unfolded closer to home.
November 12, 2014 |
Five Democratic legislators and the cities of Philadelphia and Lancaster have filed suit to block a new state law that greatly expands the ability of gun advocates - including the National Rifle Association - to challenge local attempts to regulate firearms. The law, passed in late October, gives the NRA legal standing to bring suits against local municipalities that enact their own gun laws and to require those municipalities to bear all legal costs should they lose. As the result of the law, gun control advocates say, municipalities that attempt to place restrictions on guns could face prohibitively costly court fees should those laws be found legally wanting.
October 22, 2014 |
At a Monday night debate, Democrat Manan Trivedi lashed out at his competitor in the Sixth District congressional race for taking money from the National Rifle Association, saying the group is "clouding our common sense" on gun control. Republican Ryan Costello, the only candidate in the area to receive a donation from the gun owners' group, said the $10,000 gift had no strings attached. "I have an independent mind," Costello responded in front of about 300 people in an auditorium at West Chester University.
August 7, 2014
James S. Brady often said he tried to forget the hail of bullets that felled him 33 years ago. Fortunately, though, the former press secretary to Ronald Reagan kept other facets of the attempted assassination - especially the availability of guns and the nation's inability to keep them out of the hands of troubled people - in sharp focus. The fight for better gun control became a calling for Brady, who died of complications from his crippling wounds Monday at the age of 73. It was the lifesaving mission of a man who acknowledged that the life he knew before John W. Hinckley Jr. took aim was lost forever.
April 12, 2014 |
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.