May 11, 2002
The U.S. Constitution guarantees even the harshest government critic the right to gripe about a legislative decision. It gives citizens the right to worship the religion of their choice and the press the right to publish without government constraint. But it doesn't confer upon Americans an equally clear-cut right to own or pack a pistol. Or does it? The Justice Department this week formally adopted the controversial and troubling view of Attorney General John D. Ashcroft - arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court that the Second Amendment "broadly protects the rights of individuals" to own guns.
March 1, 2013 |
On this page on Feb. 21, former Gov. Ed Rendell called out Pennsylvania's members of Congress to answer some hard questions about their efforts to reduce gun violence: 1. Will you support mandatory universal background checks? 2. Will you support stronger laws to stop "straw purchase" gun-traffickers? 3. Will you support mandates to strengthen our mental-health-reporting system? 4. Will you support limiting the legal sale of magazine clips to those that can hold no more than 10 bullets?
April 25, 2000 |
A new gun-lock giveaway program announced yesterday by two Bucks County organizations will offer free cable gun locks to area residents who own firearms. The Bucks County Center for Church and Community in Levittown and the Lower Bucks Family YMCA in Fairless Hills are giving away the locks to encourage gun safety and keep firearms out of the reach of children. "We've visited representatives, we've talked to legislators about gun control," said Bill Matthews, of the Lower Bucks Center for Church and Community, at a news conference yesterday.
September 23, 1999 |
The Montgomery County commissioners put $10,000 toward the cause of gun safety yesterday, announcing a program through which anyone applying for a gun permit or a hunting license here will be able to buy a gun lock at the same time. The program, which should take effect in about a month, aims to improve gun safety in the county by making it more convenient for gun owners to buy locks for their weapons, Commissioner James W. Maza said at a news conference in Norristown. "This is not about gun control; it is about gun safety," Maza said.
May 12, 2005
I'M A RESPONSIBLE gun owner with a concealed-weapons permit, and I've read your series of gun-violence reports over the last few weeks. I feel they were all one-sided and inaccurate. If you wonder why responsible gun owners instantly get their dander up every time new "gun control" ideas are thrown around, I'll tell you. Because every anti-gun proposal is just that - anti-gun. It's all or nothing. There is no reasonable compromise. Every proposal is just a foot in the door to complete elimination.
September 13, 2000 |
Third District Congressional candidate Susan Bass Levin was endorsed yesterday by Handgun Control Inc., a Washington-based organization that backs politicians who support gun-control measures. Levin, the longtime Democratic Cherry Hill mayor, picked up the endorsement after holding gun-safety discussions with students at Haddonfield Memorial High School and Cinnaminson Middle School. Levin, who is challenging U.S. Rep. H. James Saxton, a Republican, was joined at the two events by Handgun Control President Michael Barnes and Bryan Miller, the director of Ceasefire New Jersey, a Cherry Hill-based gun-control group.
April 7, 2012 |
The six weeks since the senseless shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin by a town-watch volunteer have only served to intensify the scrutiny of reckless self-defense laws - like one on the books in Pennsylvania - that permit citizens to shoot first if they feel threatened. So it's good to hear that State Rep. Ronald G. Waters (D., Phila.) has issued a call for gun-safety reforms and to "not let Trayvon Martin's death go in vain. " The legal defense that, so far, has shielded George Zimmerman from being arrested for the Feb. 26 death of Martin, after an encounter in a gated central Florida community, is one that could be used in Pennsylvania and nearly two-dozen other states with what's known as "stand your ground" laws.
November 17, 2010
The shooting death Thursday of David L. Grove is all the more appalling since he was the first state wildlife conservation officer to be slain on the job in nearly a century. Police have charged an Adams County man, Christopher L. Johnson, 27, whom Grove apparently suspected of poaching. Friends and family of Grove, 31, are right to consider this a senseless shooting. After all, how could any poaching infraction be worth someone's life? But Grove's death had more to do with lax handgun rules and enforcement than any hunting dispute.
May 24, 2012 |
Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a measure that could help keep guns out of the hands of career criminals by imposing a mandatory five-year prison sentence on any felon caught carrying a weapon. But since there's usually a catch whenever new gun laws are the subject, you might be asking, What is it going to be this time? Harrisburg, after all, is known for letting sensible gun-violence prevention proposals die. Many never even make it to a committee vote, due to the vise-grip of the National Rifle Association on any item related to gun rights.
October 13, 1999 |
Gov. Whitman signed legislation into law yesterday that will require every handgun sold in the state to come equipped with a trigger lock or lock box - making New Jersey one of only four states requiring the devices. "Trigger locks are designed to prevent the accidental discharge of a loaded handgun," Whitman said during a signing ceremony in her outer office. She was flanked by legislators who sponsored the bill in both houses. "By adding this safety device to handguns, responsible gun owners can help ensure that their guns are not used by irresponsible parties - especially by children, whose curiosity often exceeds their judgment, with tragic results," she said.