December 5, 1993 |
Along with goats, dogs and rusty chain saws, a roadside flea market in Johnson County offers a dishpan full of snub-nosed Saturday night specials or a brand-new AK-47 assault rifle. Right now, Kentucky gun buyers and sellers don't worry about the Brady gun- control bill. There's no waiting. No embarrassing questions. Nothing to sign. No identification required. No serial numbers to write down. No taxes, either. Check out the rows and rows of guns for sale in the backs of pickup trucks - at least 150, by a visitor's count.
May 16, 2006
PERHAPS NOW, after the murder of police officer Gary Skerski, the state legislature will make a move to allow Philadelphia to draft its own gun laws. Where are their priorities? Doesn't human life mean anything to them? They were quick to pull the trigger on their pay raises. Last year, 380 Philadelphians were murdered. At the current pace, we will surpass that appalling amount by year's end. Come on, Gov. Rendell, a Philadelphian, get their butts moving. The elections are coming in November.
November 8, 2007
AS MOURNERS gathered yesterday to pay their last respects to Officer Chuck Cassidy, and to offer thanks to him and his family for making the ultimate sacrifice for the city, we can't help wondering if there will be another opportunity to thank Cassidy . . . when much-needed gun laws are passed. Cassidy's death has galvanized the city in ways that hundreds of other homicides haven't been able to. Let's hope it galvanizes lawmakers in Harrisburg to stop their cowardly lack of action on sane and common-sense gun laws.
January 7, 1987
Alan S. Krug in an Op-ed Page article Dec. 23 states: "The anti-gun forces have no valid scientific data to support their contention that proposed restrictions on rifles, shotguns and handguns would reduce crime rates. " If Mr. Krug would take the trouble to consult statistics he would find that whereas each year in the United States more than 10,000 people are killed by handguns, in other civilized countries such as Britain, West Germany and Japan fewer than 100 are killed each year by handguns.
December 13, 2007
ACCORDING to the Daily News, mall killer Robert Hawkins' step-parent/guardian Debora Maruca-Kovac told Omaha papers that the night before the slaughter, Hawkins and her sons showed her the semi-automatic used in the attack. You'd think a woman who knows this kid spent time in a mental institution for threatening to kill people, would have reported this to police. Common sense, not gun laws, would've stopped this disaster. Instead, she's being paid to be on talk shows, instead of going to jail for not reporting a crime.
June 17, 1999
Today the U.S. House of Representatives should heed the public, not the gun lobby, as it votes on the most significant gun-control measures to come before it in years. Since April, Congress has been scrambling to respond to the public outrage over the massacre in a Colorado high school. Last month, the Senate, under intense pressure from voters, did an about-face and approved a modest package of controls, including mandatory background checks at gun shows. Under the Senate bill, every sale at any gun show would require a criminal background check of the buyer by the FBI. That's common sense.
March 5, 2008
RE SIGNE'S recent cartoon on guns: Does she realize that every single gun crime in Philadelphia is a serious federal offense? Federal firearm law is found in the U.S. Code, Title 18, Chapter 44. These laws cover every aspect of straw-man sales, illegal purchases, illegal transfers, illegal possession, etc. Why isn't existing law being enforced? Examples: 1. Sec. 922 (a)(6): False answers on Treasury Form 4473 when buying a handgun from a federally licensed dealer, or making false oral statements, is a 10-year felony offense.
January 11, 2005
THE ARTICLE "They're taking aim at gun laws" (Jan. 8) sadly repeated the same misinformation gun-control advocates trot out every time they want to pass new laws to restrict legitimate gun ownership. Using your own clean record to purchase a gun for someone who is not allowed to own a gun is called a straw purchase. Gun-control groups would have us believe that this is legal in Pennsylvania. It is not. Under federal law, it is illegal "for any person in connection with the acquisition or attempted acquisition of any firearm knowingly to furnish misrepresented identification . . . " [18 U.S.C.
October 25, 2005
RE "IN PHILLY, killers stick to their guns": Commissioner Johnson was quoted as saying, "We have the most lenient gun laws in the entire nation" to explain Philadelphia's high murder rate. With all due respect, Commissioner Johnson's reasoning for Philadelphia's murder rate is fatally flawed. Pennsylvania has 66 other counties with the same laws. If Commissioner Johnson were correct, the other counties would have the same murder rate, but they do not. I don't mean to imply that the Philadelphia Police Department is to blame for Philadelphia's murder rate.