May 11, 2016 |
WHAT IF we stopped trying to get guns off the streets and instead started licensing young men in Philly to legally pack heat? Do I have your attention? Yeah, Maj Toure got mine, too, when he suggested the idea, which he's pitching through a campaign he's calling Black Guns Matter. Catchy, right? And provocative. Toure, 29, is a local activist and artist. In many ways, he's also a walking, talking contradiction of what turns out to be an increasingly stereotypical idea of gun owners.
January 15, 2016 |
ASIR BAGWELL, 8, blinked once, then twice, then so many times that I stopped listening to the adults in the room. The boy with the almond-shape eyes was trying with all his might to blink back tears as his grandmother talked about his father, gunned down when Asir was just 1. He pulled the sleeves of his green jersey over his hands, and when he couldn't hold them back anymore, he quietly and quickly soaked up the tears running down his face....
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.
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.
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.)
January 24, 2013
A chance at greatness If President Obama wants a chance at greatness, he must not use the dysfunction of Congress or the unwillingness of the American public to accept the consequences of action on our debt and deficit as excuses for inaction ("A call to 'act in our time,'" Tuesday). Greatness will require leadership, not excuses, assessment of blame, or deflection. I know he has it in him to lead. The question is, will he choose to lead rather than blame? Dennis Powell, Plymouth Meeting Ticketing MLK Day volunteers Our family participated in the 18th annual Martin Luther King Day of Service ("Volunteerism en masse," Tuesday)
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.
January 17, 2013
PRESIDENT Obama unveiled his plan Wednesday to reduce gun violence with a series of measures, executive actions and directives that is notable, not just in its focus, but in its broadness. His inclusion of the secretaries of Health and Human Services, Education, HUD, Homeland Security, Agriculture and Interior, as well as criminal-justice types during his announcement that underscores Obama's understanding that the gun problem is not just about crime, but must be tackled at every level of society.