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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 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.
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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?
NEWS
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)
NEWS
December 17, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
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.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 22, 2014 | By Tricia Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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