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.
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.
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.
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.
June 27, 1997
Americans love their children. Many Americans also love their guns. Tragically, the two don't mix. The evidence is bloody. Children are injured or killed by careless use of handguns in this country almost every day. In Pennsylvania alone, 110 kids under 17 were hospitalized in 1994 after they evidently were shot accidently. That year, more than 155 persons under age 20 were killed with guns. Nationwide, about 2,300 children 14 and younger were accidentally killed with firearms in 10 years.
November 27, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - They are fuzzy about some issues, but the Republican presidential candidates leave little doubt about where they stand on gun rights. Rick Perry and Rick Santorum go pheasant hunting and give interviews before heading out. Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain speak to the National Rifle Association convention. Michele Bachmann tells People magazine she wants to teach her daughters how to shoot because women need to be able to protect themselves. Mitt Romney, after backing some gun-control measures in Massachusetts, now presents himself as a strong Second Amendment supporter.
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.
February 14, 2003
It's been a few years since Pennsylvanians first told pollsters they supported a modest tightening of the rules for handgun sales - by a slam-dunk margin of more than two to one. Even so, that hasn't moved the needle among Harrisburg lawmakers. Now, though, citizens have reason to hope lawmakers will notice: Finally, they have a governor who agrees with them on this life-and-death gun safety initiative. There's also surprising new evidence from the firearms industry itself on the need to act. A former lobbyist has gone public with what he charges is the dirty secret that gun makers long have recognized: Some gun dealers knowingly sell to illegal gun traffickers.