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April 2, 2013 | BY CHARLOTTE AND HARRIET CHILDRESS, For the Daily News
IMAGINE if African-American men and boys were committing mass shootings month after month, year after year. Articles and interviews would flood the media, and we'd have political debates demanding that African-Americans be "held accountable. " But when the criminals and leaders are white men, race and gender become the elephant in the room. Nearly all the mass shootings in this country in recent years have been committed by white men and boys. Unlike other groups, white men are not used to being singled out. So we expect that many of them will protest that it is unfair if we talk about them.
NEWS
April 1, 2013 | By Cristina Silva, Associated Press
TUCSON, Ariz. - A campaign promising free shotguns for people in Tucson's most troubled neighborhoods has divided some residents in a community still reeling from a shooting rampage in 2011 that killed six people, left a congresswoman and several others wounded, and made the city a symbol of gun violence in America. The nonprofit Armed Citizen Project is part of a national campaign to give shotguns to single women and homeowners in neighborhoods with high-crime rates. The effort comes amid a national debate on gun control after mass shootings in Arizona, Colorado, and Connecticut.
NEWS
March 30, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter chatted with seven children on spring break at the Widener Branch of the Free Library on Thursday afternoon, talking to them about gun violence in Philadelphia and across the nation. During the exchange, a 10-year-old boy said he knew twins who were shot in the head. "I didn't know anybody who was shot when I was 10 years old," said Nutter, who demanded stringent gun safety laws. "It's time for Congress to act. " Nutter's plea at an event at the North Philadelphia library was part of Thursday's National Day to Demand Action, which had more than 100 events across the state and country, including one in Norristown.
NEWS
March 14, 2013 | By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press
DENVER - Fiercely debated ammunition limits cleared Colorado's Democratic legislature Wednesday and were on their way to the governor, who has said he will sign the measure into law. The 15-round magazine limit would make Colorado the first state outside the East Coast to ratchet back gun rights after last year's mass shootings. Colorado's gun-control debates have been closely watched because of the state's gun-loving frontier heritage and painful history of mass shootings, most recently last summer's movie-theater attack that killed 12 and wounded 70. "I am sick and tired of the bloodshed," said Rep. Rhonda Fields, sponsor of the ammunition limit and a Democrat whose Denver-area district includes the theater.
NEWS
March 13, 2013
A group of 30 area mothers will travel to Washington, DC., on Wednesday to lobby for "common-sense gun laws" as part of an event organized by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. About 200 mothers from over 30 states are expected to attend the "Moms Take to the Hill" event which includes a White House briefing, a press conference and meetings with congressional representatives. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was founded by Shannon Watts, of Zionsville, Ind., on the day after the Sandy Hook shootings.
NEWS
March 10, 2013 | By Matt Gouras, Associated Press
HELENA, Mont. - Sen. Max Baucus has been here before. Back during the Clinton era, the Democrat faced a choice: Support an assault-weapons ban urged by a president from his own party and risk angering constituents who cherish their gun rights, or buck his party. He chose the ban, and nearly lost his Senate seat. Now, as he begins his campaign for a seventh term, Baucus is facing a similar dilemma. For weeks, he has refused to clearly say which way he would vote on an assault-weapons ban. When pressed by the Associated Press, he said through a spokeswoman Thursday that he would oppose it. But that decision alone doesn't settle the issue for his reelection campaign.
NEWS
March 7, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHICAGO - States with the most gun-control laws have the fewest gun-related deaths, according to a study published online Wednesday in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine . In the dozen or so states with the most gun-control-related laws, far fewer people were shot to death or killed themselves with guns than in the states with the fewest laws, the study found. Overall, states with the most laws had a 42 percent lower gun-death rate than states with the least number of laws.
NEWS
March 1, 2013 | By Alan Fram and Philip Elliott, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - After weeks of arguing constitutional fine points and citing rival statistics, senators wrangling over gun control saw and heard the anguish of a bereft father. Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son, Jesse, was among those cut down at a Connecticut school in December, asked the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to ban assault weapons like the one that killed his child. "I'm not here for the sympathy or the pat on the back," Heslin, a 50-year-old construction worker, told the senators, weeping openly during much of his hushed 11-minute testimony.
NEWS
March 1, 2013 | BY U.S. REP. CHAKA FATTAH
On this page on Feb. 21, former Gov. Ed Rendell called out Pennsylvania's members of Congress to answer some hard questions about their efforts to reduce gun violence: 1. Will you support mandatory universal background checks? 2. Will you support stronger laws to stop "straw purchase" gun-traffickers? 3. Will you support mandates to strengthen our mental-health-reporting system? 4. Will you support limiting the legal sale of magazine clips to those that can hold no more than 10 bullets?
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