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NEWS
May 20, 2005
I COMMEND your editorial recognizing the excellent job done by the NRA promoting gun safety, especially among children. If you were to look a little further, you'd see several tremendously successful programs, all created by the firearms industry through their trade association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, that are also educating children and gun owners about gun safety. First and foremost, our Project ChildSafe has now distributed more than 25 million free gun locks to gun owners nationwide.
NEWS
April 2, 1993 | By Rosalee Polk Rhodes, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The message was clear and simple: "Gun safety is no accident. " And residents in Gloucester and Camden Counties will be reminded of the message in three public-service announcements that will debut on cable television today. The announcements were produced by Storer Cable. The project, sponsored by the Gloucester County Sheriff's Department, the Board of Freeholders and the County Health Department, was unveiled at a news conference at the Justice Complex yesterday. "We wanted to address the very young.
NEWS
March 17, 2011
It will take more than the talk therapy proposed by President Obama if gun-safety reforms are ever going to result from the Arizona shooting that left six people dead and 13 wounded, including Tucson-area Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In a commentary article published Sunday in an Arizona newspaper, the president called for "the beginning of a new discussion" on gun-safety measures in the wake of the tragedy. Jared Lee Loughner, 22, stands accused in the January shootings. Before even a day had passed, though, the National Rifle Association snubbed the president's invitation to sit down with gun-control advocates, whom NRA chief Wayne LaPierre described as having spent "a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment.
NEWS
August 3, 1998
Charlton Heston promised a more moderate, more mainstream National Rifle Association. But judging by the recent acts of some NRA leaders, the association continues to shamelessly pin bull's eyes on any effort at promoting gun safety. Worse yet, the NRA is getting the help of U.S. senators who should know better - including Pennsylvania Republicans Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum. Specter and Santorum, along with 59 other Senate members, voted against an amendment that would require all firearms dealers to sell gun locks with each handgun sold in the United States.
NEWS
June 28, 1992 | By Joseph S. Kennedy, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Inside the pistol range, the shooters were armed and ready. In one of the booths, the youngest member of the class, 12-year-old Rocky Mattero of Wallingford, sat wearing safety glasses and a noise-protection headset. About seven yards down the firing range was a target. In his hand he held a .380 PPK Walther automatic pistol loaned to him by his grandmother for class use. "This is what I was waiting for all day," said Rocky, who attends Parkside Elementary School. Nearby, Brian Ewers, 13, of Ridley Park, was waiting with the same quiet excitement as his classmate.
NEWS
February 14, 2013
For all the compelling pleas for gun-control legislation after the mass shooting at a New England elementary school - including the one at the emotional core of President Obama's State of the Union address this week - Harrisburg's first welcome response has been to shore up the firearms laws already on the books. Newly minted state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has moved to close a legal loophole that enabled gun owners to acquire handgun-carrying permits from other states even if they had been refused by local authorities.
NEWS
December 23, 1998 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The 3-year-old West Oak Lane boy took a loaded gun from under his father's pillow, looked into the muzzle and pulled the trigger last June 9. Little Daequan Irvin died of a head wound four days later. Now, his father is going to spend the next several years reliving the tragedy before school and community groups, talking of the dangers of having handguns in the house. Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Carolyn E. Temin told the distraught father, Kyle Irvin, 28, a barber, that he had to be "punished" for his negligence.
NEWS
June 22, 2004 | By Bonnie L. Cook INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lower Gwynedd Police Officer Dan Diedel vowed that he would be even more cautious with guns than usual when his daughter, Jamie, arrived 15 months ago. "At some point, the vision popped into my head of my little girl dead," Diedel said, his voice faltering. "It's amazing how your perspective changes. " To help other families keep firearms secure, Diedel is giving out free cable gun locks and training township residents to use them. The first session was June 11, and he will offer a second class in the fall.
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NEWS
August 24, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
A gun-safety group founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords endorsed Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) Monday, adding to a growing list of gun-control supporters backing the incumbent. The political action committee, Americans for Responsible Solutions, said it hopes to line up more support for its cause among congressional Republicans like Toomey. At the same time, its backing could help the incumbent, locked in an ever-closer race with Democrat Katie McGinty, attract moderate voters. Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, announced the endorsement in an opinion piece written for CNN - but said their decision in Pennsylvania was difficult.
NEWS
July 13, 2016
ISSUE | SHOOTINGS Police must root out racism in ranks I recently retired after a career that included 20 years of justice-system research, including evaluations of police departments. One of the greatest challenges departments face in reversing community distrust of police is changing cultures of silence in which even good officers fail to speak out when they witness racist actions by their fellow officers ("Protests, arrests, and U.S. 'on a powder keg,' " Monday). In extreme cases, this culture supports cover-ups of criminal acts - falsifying evidence, refusal to testify against other officers, or lying to investigators.
NEWS
June 24, 2016 | By Tom Ridge
AT A TIME when bipartisan cooperation is needed more than ever, I was disappointed to see former Gov. Ed Rendell suddenly attack Sen. Pat Toomey in these pages with partisan talking points and misleading statements. For a long time, Rendell has praised Toomey as one of the senators who has done the most to encourage bipartisan gun safety reform in Washington. Rendell described Toomey as "a man of uncommon decency and a man who wants the process to work" after his bipartisan efforts with Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, to strengthen gun background checks in 2013.
NEWS
June 24, 2016
By Donald Norcross A panicked call in the middle of the night. Desperate words texted on a small screen. Those are some of the haunting last communications 49 American families have left of their loved ones who were killed in the Orlando nightclub massacre on June 12, the worst mass killing in modern U.S. history. Just as it had too many times before, America again held prayer vigils and observed moments of silence in tribute to the victims. Across the country, people raised their voices to ask what can be done to stop this sort of regular mass violence.
NEWS
June 21, 2016 | By Lynne Honickman and Kathy Ruyak
GUN VIOLENCE pervades American life: What do we do besides scream? The mass shooting in Orlando was the kind of unbearable slaughter grown from 10 years of constant destruction and complacency that has born a continuous escalation of gun violence. Many people blame our government ("They're due their fair share"), many blame God ("God gave us 'free will' "), and many blame the NRA and its lobbyists, as well as the gun manufacturers (who don't seem to give a damn about the blessing of "life" and our responsibility for its endurance)
NEWS
June 20, 2016
Pat Toomey is the Republican U.S. senator from Pennsylvania The issue of gun violence has been with us for a long time, but it has clearly and painfully gotten worse in recent years. Our response to the devastating attack in Orlando must be part of our broader war against violent Islamist extremists and is by no means limited to the issue of guns. Nonetheless, the Orlando attack highlights the critical need for us to do more to prevent criminals, those with dangerous mental illnesses, and terrorists, from obtaining weapons.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The debate on gun laws roiled national politics Wednesday, with Donald Trump suggesting that he might be open to a plan to bar suspected terrorists from buying firearms, Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) offering a plan to do just that, and Sen. Cory A. Booker of New Jersey helping lead a marathon Democratic push on the Senate floor demanding action. But amid a heated political season, a day that began with talk of compromise ended with signs that the Orlando shooting would wind up producing the same intractable and emotional divides that have characterized Congress' responses to previous massacres.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer and Janaki Chadha, STAFF WRITERS
In recent decades, the LGBT community has mobilized for the AIDS crisis, the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," and same-sex marriage. In the wake of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, some are now urging their gay and lesbian brethren to galvanize around the issue of gun violence. Others say they may support the cause, but must remain focused on equality battles still being waged. "Gun safety has not been a major issue for the LGBT community, but now it must be," wrote Eric Sasson, a columnist for the website The Daily Good . His article calls for action on both the national and grassroots levels targeting politicians, companies, investment funds and universities that support gun rights, as well as companies that manufacture weapons.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Pat Toomey
DEAR ED, Thank you for your kind words about me in your recent "open letter" in the Daily News. I have long enjoyed our good working relationship, and look forward to continuing it. In this time of extreme partisanship, it is very valuable for our state and our country to have mutual respect across the aisle, as you and I have shown is possible. On the critical issue of stopping gun violence, we share much common ground. As you noted, in 2013, I was proud to cross the aisle and join Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, to support an expansion of background checks to prevent more people with criminal histories and dangerous mental illnesses from obtaining guns.
NEWS
June 14, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - The Orlando shooting that left 50 dead Sunday immediately brought new calls for tougher gun laws from Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.), who plans to introduce a bill Monday to ban anyone convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from purchasing firearms. Currently, only those convicted of a felony face such bans. Casey is scheduled to introduce his measure at a Pittsburgh news conference. He was among several officials from the Philadelphia area who said the latest mass shooting shows the need for tighter regulation of gun purchases.
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