June 6, 2002 |
Let's face it, guns are a permanent fixture on the American landscape. Fortunately, most American voters believe that substantial responsibilities go hand in hand with the right of law-abiding citizens to own a gun. That includes the voters of New Jersey. Despite this, the debate about gun rights continues to paralyze the search for public-policy solutions to the real issue - gun violence and the guns that make their way into the hands of criminals or, sadly, adults and children who are so troubled that they take out their frustrations and despair on those around them.
November 16, 1999
Talk about your political comfort zone in a state with a million-plus hunters and other gun enthusiasts. Pennsylvania House members, both Republican and Democrat, last week voted "yes" on a gun-safety measure, knowing it enjoyed broad support from the gun-rights lobby because it was "gun-owner friendly. " More important, they knew it had little chance of ever becoming law. The gun bill would require all handguns sold in the state to have trigger locks. It also boosts to a felony the penalty for felons caught carrying a gun. Nothing wrong with the gun-lock proposal, but it's hardly much of an improvement in gun safety.
June 19, 2001
TELLING KIDS THE FACTS won't hurt them; in fact, it could make a big difference in their lives. We have known this to be true when it comes to sex education - and now believe the same is true with guns and gun safety. Straight talk about sex, no matter how uncomfortable it makes adults, helps prevent teen pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. This belief was confirmed recently by a national review of teen pregnancy prevention programs conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, a non-profit, non-partisan group.
June 4, 2001 |
LET US, FOR a moment, take the sex-education pushers at their word: If you teach a child how to use a condom, they say, you're promoting safety - not usage. That's what a new review of sex-ed curricula claims. "The overwhelming weight of evidence shows that sex education that discusses contraception does not increase sexual activity," concludes Douglas Kirby, a senior researcher at ETR Associates in Scotts Valley, Calif., in a report titled "Emerging Answers. " Of some 250 programs, Kirby identified eight (a whopping 3 percent)
May 3, 2005
SOME MAY consider this a sign of the Apocalypse, but the Daily News editorial board is actually going to say something positive about the National Rifle Association. When it comes to promoting gun safety, especially among children, the NRA does a fairly good job. Perhaps it's time that the Philadelphia School District partners with the NRA on promoting gun safety, especially after last Friday's horrific accidental shooting in Bustleton. George Washington High School students Shane Pomfret, 15, and Heather Delahanty, 16, were hanging out in Heather's home with two other teens when they discovered a handgun belonging to Heather's father.
November 1, 1999 |
The Montgomery County Health Department will begin a series of free firearm-safety classes next week in conjunction with a gun-lock giveaway. Gun safety and education will be the focus of the seminars, said Brian Hatten of the Health Department. About 128,000 people in Montgomery County have at least one firearm in or around their homes, according to 1996 statistics released by the county Health Department. The statistics, based on household surveys, show that 32 percent of the gun owners surveyed keep the guns loaded.
June 12, 1994 |
There's an emergency. Your neighbors' home is on fire and their two children are trapped in the basement. What should you do? Call the police, the fire department, an ambulance or all three? Answers to questions for situations similar to this one (in this case, call 911) were provided last weekend at West Jersey Hospital-Berlin, where officials from the West Jersey Health System held their fourth annual Emergency Medical Service Health Fair. "We developed this program to educate families on how to respond to emergency situations, the extent of emergency medical services offered throughout the community, and, this year in particular, ways children can protect themselves in an emergency," said Edward Weirauch, the director of community relations.
June 18, 1999 |
The powerful Assembly speaker called yesterday for an in-depth study of "smart" guns rather than a law flatly requiring use of the safety technology, veering toward a confrontation with the Senate over an issue that has energized advocates on both sides of the gun-control debate. Jack Collins (R., Salem), speaking to reporters about his plan, expressed reservations about a stronger bill that is pending a full Senate vote and that would give gun-makers a five-year limit before they must sell only guns with the safety devices.
March 26, 2000 |
On May 9, the Chester County Sheriff's Department plans to teach gun owners about safety through a free seminar, with coffee and doughnuts. "Education is the key," said Chief Deputy Sheriff Diego Civello, who will teach the class. "When you purchase a firearm, not a lot of education comes with [it]. " Gun-control advocates say this is a great idea but ask why it is not mandatory. "It's like a molecule of water in the ocean," said Tina Johnstone, regional director of the Bell Campaign, a national organization lobbying for mandatory gun licensing and registration in the United States.
March 28, 1996 |
Dominick Varacallo (right) instructs Bob Kostaras at a gun-safety and self-defense class at the Langhorne Rod and Gun Club, Holland.