December 30, 2015
By Larry Farnese If you're venturing out to catch Star Wars: The Force Awakens , you should know that many theaters are confiscating toy light sabers. Which they are legally entitled to do. What theaters can't do, despite multiple movie theater shootings, is confiscate guns. Think about that. A movie theater can take away plastic light sabers because they pose a threat as "weapons," while an actual weapon can stay in a moviegoer's holster. I'm not advocating that movie theaters confiscate guns.
December 23, 2015 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie called Monday for loosening New Jersey's "extraordinarily strict and expansive gun control laws," endorsing a report he commissioned that said state regulations had placed unfair burdens on law-abiding residents who want to obtain, carry, and transport firearms. Christie released the report six months after he announced he had created a commission to review the state's gun laws. A day after he signed an executive order announcing the commission, Christie officially declared his candidacy for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
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.