February 27, 2009
The wounding of a city police detective yesterday and a 12-year-old West Philadelphia boy's critical shooting on Wednesday offer the latest proof that the struggle to keep guns out of the hands of would-be killers is far from over. That makes a rare victory for gun-control advocates this week all the more sweet. In a convincing, 7-2 decision Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a 1996 law written by U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) that bars anyone convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from owning a firearm.
September 17, 2008 |
A regional coalition of mayors yesterday announced a joint effort to enact local gun legislation, following the lead of Philadelphia officials. Members of the coalition, PA Mayors for Gun Safety, pledged to introduce legislation in their cities that would require gun owners to report lost or stolen weapons or be subject to possible fines and/or jail time. The announcement was made at a news conference at City Hall here. The group includes Mayor Nutter and the mayors of Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Lancaster, Reading, Pottsville and York.
April 10, 2008
With several hundred pro-gun activists converging on the Harrisburg Capitol Monday - many wearing Second Amendment T-shirts - it was not the day for Pennsylvania lawmakers to tackle any tough gun measures. Instead, state House members approved several initiatives that bore no resemblance to an actual crackdown on handgun trafficking. In turn, the gun-rights supporters celebrated the defeat last week of a tough anti-trafficking measure. Charlton Heston would be proud. Meanwhile, back on the mean streets of Philadelphia and other cities, the shootings continue.
October 26, 2007
Finding the truth In response to the editorial "Legislative Bonuses Probe: Following the Money" (Oct. 18), I would like to offer the following: The House Democratic Caucus has fully cooperated with the attorney general's investigation since its outset. We have provided all documents requested by the attorney general's office. We have produced all witnesses subpoenaed to testify and facilitated their cooperation. We have never challenged the appearance of our employees before the grand jury.
October 18, 2007 |
Message from the National Rifle Association to Philadelphia: We're armed. No harm. Get used to it. The day after crime victims marched in Philadelphia to demand stronger gun-control laws, the president of the NRA spoke to law students in Wilmington last night and denounced efforts to combat crime by restricting gun ownership. "Philadelphia doesn't need any new antigun laws to combat the lawless," said John C. Sigler, a Delaware lawyer who was appointed president of the firearm-advocacy organization this year.
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.
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.
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 27, 2004 |
If you get bored, then you're not a hunter. - Christopher Marone, 12 Christopher Marone has never actually tested his hypothesis from the still, raw cold of a tree stand. But he's had plenty of time to think about it since coming of legal hunting age on Dec. 29. "It's seemed like forever. " Now it's just today and tomorrow. Monday is the opening of the main deer season in Pennsylvania; New Jersey's season opens Dec. 6. Over the next two weeks, a million hunters will take to the woods in the two states.
June 22, 2004 |
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.