February 9, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - The sounds of birds calling to one another rose in a cacophony above the table, honking and piping as though a flock of Canada geese were on the verge of touching down. The noise at Sean Mann's display of goose and duck calls is bound to be a constant for the next nine days, as he sets up shop each day as part of the Great American Outdoor Show. After all, he said, customers need to try out the wares before they buy. Mann, a Maryland longtime professional waterfowl guide, custom callmaker, and world goose-calling champion, is known in birding circles for manufacturing what experts in the field have characterized as one of the most realistic goose calls ever made.
December 17, 2014 |
WHATEVER REASON we eventually settle on for the latest deadly shooting spree, this time in Montgomery County yesterday - mental illness, easy access to guns, a world gone mad - we know one thing for sure: A gun shattered families, a community and our sense of safety. A gun. Again. Just hours after the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 people dead, including 20 children, and in the midst of a siege in Sydney, Australia, that eventually ended with three dead, including the assailant, another shooting spree unfolded closer to home.
July 16, 2014 |
IT MAY BE a longer, hotter summer for the gun freaks than they have had in some time, mainly the National Rifle Association, which approaches every election with a strategy to oppose everything and dole out money only to candidates who pledge allegiance to the industry's policy of no firearms restrictions, period. Michael Bloomberg is planning to give the NRA and its minions a dose of their own medicine at the same time a movement is gaining momentum among some states to take guns away from those identified as potentially dangerous because of mental problems.
July 11, 2014 |
Terry Rumsey fights for gun safety. Before that, it was mental health reform. And reducing homelessness. And fair voting laws. And ending the death penalty. "The thread between all the work I've done is a belief in nonviolence," said Rumsey, 59, of Media. His current crusade is universal background checks on gun sales. Rumsey and Robin Lasersohn, 48, his wife and business partner, created Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.
June 1, 2013 |
TRENTON - New Jersey has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, and they are likely to get tougher still. The state Senate on Thursday gave final passage to a bill banning the sale of .50-caliber rifles, high-powered weapons that are accurate to more than one mile and popular with some firearms enthusiasts. The measure was included in a package of gun measures crafted by Senate Democrats after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14. It passed largely along party lines.
April 29, 2013 |
OLYMPIA, Wash. - After struggling to sway both state and federal lawmakers, proponents of expanding background checks for gun sales are now exploring whether they will have more success by taking the issue directly to voters. While advocates generally prefer that new gun laws be passed through the legislative process, especially at the national level, they are also concerned about how much sway the National Rifle Association has with lawmakers. Washington Rep. Jamie Pedersen, a Democrat who had sponsored unsuccessful legislation on background checks at the state level, said a winning ballot initiative would make a statement with broad implications.
April 25, 2013 |
For all the recent flurry of proposals about gun safety from Gov. Christie and the Democratic-led Legislature, few have sought to change much in the places that have spurred much of the discussion: local schools. The Christie-appointed task force created after the Newtown, Conn., killings largely praised steps New Jersey schools and the state had taken to ensure student safety. Christie said in his package of gun safety proposals released Friday that he would leave further steps to local communities.
April 23, 2013 |
Victories often contain the seeds of future defeats. So it is - or should be - with the Senate's morally reprehensible rejection of expanded background checks for gun buyers. The outcome is a test of both an invigorated gun-safety movement and a gun lobby that decided to go for broke. The National Rifle Association assumed that blocking new gun legislation in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre would firmly establish its dominance. Advocates of sane gun regulations would scatter in despair and be torn apart by recriminations.
April 2, 2013 |
Shivering in a black wool coat, Shira Goodman scanned the small crowd assembled at an Ambler park, listened to the gun-control speeches by local activists and lawmakers, and awaited her turn at the microphone. Aside from the cold - particularly biting for mid-March - this is the type of scene Goodman had envisioned when she accepted the job as executive director of the gun-control advocacy group CeaseFirePA. What she never expected was that she would become something of a household name, a regular on the TV news circuit, and end up sitting on an advisory panel to Vice President Biden.
March 30, 2013 |
Mayor Nutter chatted with seven children on spring break at the Widener Branch of the Free Library on Thursday afternoon, talking to them about gun violence in Philadelphia and across the nation. During the exchange, a 10-year-old boy said he knew twins who were shot in the head. "I didn't know anybody who was shot when I was 10 years old," said Nutter, who demanded stringent gun safety laws. "It's time for Congress to act. " Nutter's plea at an event at the North Philadelphia library was part of Thursday's National Day to Demand Action, which had more than 100 events across the state and country, including one in Norristown.