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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
February 9, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 17, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
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.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | BY DAN K. THOMASSON
  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.
NEWS
July 11, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 1, 2013 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
NEWS
April 29, 2013 | By Mike Baker, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
April 25, 2013 | By John Mooney, NJ SPOTLIGHT
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.
NEWS
April 23, 2013 | By E. J. Dionne, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
April 2, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 30, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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