November 25, 1989 |
Driving to her custodial job on a freeway blanketed in early morning darkness, Ida Lee Delaney noticed a car following her pickup. The car, with three men inside, shone its bright lights at her truck. She pulled out her .38-caliber revolver and fired one or two shots at it, according to police reports describing the Oct. 31 incident. Spotting a road crew and a state repair truck ahead on the side of the Southwest Freeway, Delaney, 50, pulled over and parked. The car pulled behind her. What happened next is still under investigation.
April 22, 1999 |
In March 1996, an oddball loner named Thomas Hamilton walked into a school in a small town in Scotland, pointed semiautomatic handguns at a class of 5-year-olds, and dispassionately shot 16 of them and their teacher to death. Then, he killed himself. Reaction to the massacre in Dunblane, Scotland, was swift and unflinching. Britain, which even before the killings had strict controls on private guns, banned private ownership of virtually all pistols - giving it one of the toughest gun laws in the world.
May 15, 2013 |
After a rural Kentucky family suffered an unspeakable gun tragedy late last month, that sad story, unfortunately, became new fuel for the scorching debate over gun control. When 5-year-old Kristian Sparks shot his 2-year-old sister with a rifle he had been given as a gift, opposing factions either defended rural America's gun culture or denounced it. Having grown up in the Deep South's gun culture, I feel nothing but sympathy for the Sparks family. One child is dead; another will be scarred for life.
January 23, 2013 |
MOVITA Johnson-Harrell tried to get away. "The summer of 2007 . . . I turned to my husband and said: 'My sons will not become statistics on the streets of Philadelphia. It's time to go,' " Johnson-Harrell said Monday. She moved her family to Lansdowne to keep her children from the city's violent gun culture. Despite the move, in 2011, Johnson-Harrell buried her 18-year-old son, Charles Johnson. He was shot in East Germantown in his car, a victim of mistaken identity, waiting for his sister.
December 19, 2012
PHILADELPHIA is beautiful, clean, safe and tolerant. Stop laughing! I'm not saying it and probably neither are you. Philadelphians often are the burr under their own saddles. In the '70s, adman Elliott Curson crafted the following words for a sardonic billboard overlooking the Schuylkill Expressway near Conshohocken: "Philadelphia Isn't As Bad As Philadelphians Say It Is. " It was paid for by a group called Action Philadelphia (RIP). The billboard reflected a commonly held addytude among Philadelphians, who divide their time between bragging about Philly and trashing it. Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote of the gift "to see ourselves as others see us," to get a truer view of who and what we are. Philadelphians see ourselves through a filter of our experience.
April 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - After a day that found him at the center of the contentious national debate over new gun laws, Sen. Pat Toomey said a deal on background checks was near. The Pennsylvania Republican said Tuesday night that he was close to reaching an agreement with Democrats that would give a critical GOP endorsement to the plan. A deal could represent a breakthrough for new gun legislation that has been stymied until now. A final agreement, brokered by Toomey and Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.)
April 18, 2007
The gunfire is now just the echo of a nightmare. But pain will continue to pierce Virginia Tech students and staff who survived the deadly shooting spree. The loss was immediately felt by students and staff, their friends and family, after senior English major Cho Seung-Hui allegedly killed 32 and wounded at least 15 during the bloody rampage Monday. It spread far beyond Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains to the entire country. Some who were in the Norris Hall classroom building, where most of the blood was shed, are recovering from wounds to their bodies.
December 24, 2012 |
NEWTOWN, Conn. - As the nation paused to mark a week since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, new details emerged about the gunman, Adam Lanza, who acquaintances said was able to take apart and reassemble a computer in a matter of minutes but rarely spoke to anyone. In high school, Lanza used to slither through the hallways, awkwardly pressing himself against the wall while wearing the same green shirt and khaki pants every day. He hardly ever talked to classmates and once gave a presentation entirely by computer, never uttering a single word.
December 17, 2013
AS THE second World Trade Center fell at 10:28 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, so, too, did the old world order. Almost immediately, a new order arose in its place, in the form of the war on terror, a domestic infrastructure called homeland security, a new kind of military engagement with volatile new enemies, and a heightened surveillance culture in which notions of privacy have also been turned upside down. At least initially, few doubted such actions were necessary to curb terrorism, and even doubters felt the trade-off between, say, civil liberties and government scrutiny was a necessary price.