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November 25, 1989 | By Linda S. Wallace, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 22, 1999 | By Fawn Vrazo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 15, 2013 | By Cynthia Tucker
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.
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January 23, 2013 | BY ALI WATKINS, Daily News Staff Writer watkina@phillynews.com, 215-854-5905
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.
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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.
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April 11, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.)
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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.
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December 24, 2012 | By Katie Zezima, Associated Press
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.
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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.
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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.
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May 15, 2013 | By Cynthia Tucker
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.
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April 11, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.)
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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)
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January 23, 2013 | BY ALI WATKINS, Daily News Staff Writer watkina@phillynews.com, 215-854-5905
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.
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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.
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December 24, 2012 | By Katie Zezima, Associated Press
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.
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December 19, 2012 | BY A.J. THOMSON
AMIDST THE outpouring of grief and expressions of sorrow from most of America after the massacre of schoolchildren in Connecticut, the smile on the face of a few was faintly seen in the background. Despite a tragedy that brought a nation to a standstill, a president to tears and parents nationwide to the brink of worry about their own children, even though their innocent youngsters were in schools thousands of miles away, the few smile on. They may have even had a chuckle at our expense, knowing in their hearts that no matter the billions of tears, no matter the depths of sadness, their rights will stay the same.
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