October 12, 2015 |
Since a shooter killed nine people Oct. 1 at an Oregon community college, Republican presidential candidates have sounded variations on one refrain: New gun laws aren't the solution. "I don't think more government is necessarily the answer to this," former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said while discussing the Second Amendment and shootings, also saying: "Look, stuff happens. There's always a crisis. " On Facebook, neurosurgeon Ben Carson wrote that he "never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away.
October 10, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Calling for "a national movement" on gun laws, Senate Democrats on Thursday urged the public to build pressure on Congress to tighten background checks and fight the illegal gun trade. "We are now asking - as the president said - for the people to make their voices heard," said Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.). "We expect there will be a groundswell. " Framing their effort as a response to last week's shootings at an Oregon community college and other massacres, more than two dozen Democrats stood on the Capitol steps pleading for a popular movement to reignite an issue that, despite more killings, has grown stagnant.
June 7, 2015 |
As authorities hunted the man charged in the fatal stabbing of a Berlin Township woman, friends of the victim and even a state gun rights group weighed in Friday, saying the system had failed to protect Carol Bowne. "In my opinion, the police failed her," said friend Colette Marino-Quinones, noting that the suspect, a boyfriend from whom Bowne was estranged, had not been effectively pursued after he violated a restraining order a month before Wednesday's attack. "Other people had spotted him but the police never did, and I find that interesting," she said.
April 4, 2015 |
Gov. Christie on Thursday pardoned a Philadelphia woman who had faced up to five years in prison for bringing into the state a gun that was legally registered in Pennsylvania but not in New Jersey. Shaneen Allen admitted during a traffic stop on the Atlantic City Expressway that she had the firearm in her purse. Allen, 27, a phlebotomist, was indicted after her Oct. 1, 2013, arrest on charges of illegally bringing a concealed weapon into the state, and in September agreed to enter a pretrial intervention program.
March 17, 2015 |
THE SPECTER of people openly toting guns several yards from a kids' jungle gym isn't something you see every day. But if Citizens for Liberty's Steve Piotrowski - and about 60 gun supporters who joined him yesterday for a rally at Bala Cynwyd Park - have anything to do with it, it might become a more common sight. "We're all here because we believe that real patriotism is a will to challenge the government when it is wrong. That's what we are doing here today," Piotrowski, 32, of Lower Providence, told the crowd.
February 6, 2015
ISSUE | COEDUCATIONAL All in one room Who's woman enough to attend Bryn Mawr? Anyone ("Woman enough?" Feb. 1). Education is neither he nor she: It is gender-neutral. Decades ago, I attended two Seven Sisters colleges. At one, only women were allowed. The other was across the street from the university's coed schools. Boys crossed the street to take classes from preferred professors or those offered only at the girls' school. I crossed in the other direction for the same reasons.
January 30, 2015 |
Philadelphia City Council is moving to suspend about a dozen gun laws that are not being enforced in the hope of improving the city's chance of protecting other provisions, such as the requirement that lost or stolen firearms be reported to police. The city is being sued by the National Rifle Association over its gun ordinances, the result of a new and controversial state law that gives outside groups standing to file such litigation. More lawsuits are likely to be filed against the city, a city official testified Wednesday at a hearing on the bill to suspend the gun laws.
January 16, 2015
DO YOU believe that an ex-husband, who has threatened violence against his former wife, should be able to have a gun? Do you think a seriously mentally ill person, who is a danger to himself and others, should be able to walk into a gun shop and leave with a loaded pistol? Do you believe the city has no business banning people with guns from entering government offices? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you are either nuts or an officer of the National Rifle Association.
December 6, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane will not defend a new law that effectively stripped municipalities of the right to enact their own gun measures, raising the prospect that the controversial statute might not take hold. A spokeswoman on Thursday said Kane had exercised her authority to decline representing the state in a challenge to the law filed by Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Lancaster, and area lawmakers. Instead, she is deferring to lawyers working under Gov. Corbett - who in six weeks will relinquish their offices to a new Democratic administration.
November 9, 2014 |
Another delay may be in store for a controversial new law allowing the National Rifle Association to sue over municipal gun ordinances. When Gov. Corbett signed the law Oct. 28, municipalities had 60 days to decide whether to repeal their ordinances or risk a costly lawsuit. But the clock was pushed back 10 days when it was discovered that Corbett had signed the wrong version of the law. Now, several leading Democrats are trying to delay the law further - or block it entirely - by challenging its constitutionality.