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December 20, 2012 | By Allison Steele and Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey has been asked to participate in a national discussion as part of President Obama's efforts to address gun violence in the aftermath of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn. On Wednesday, Obama named Vice President Biden to lead a group expected to come up with recommendations and proposals in the next few weeks. Ramsey will travel to Washington on Thursday to offer his input, as will other law enforcement leaders from around the country and federal officials.
NEWS
December 4, 2015 | BY SHIRA GOODMAN
I WAS SITTING on a train from D.C. to Philadelphia, coming from a Senate press conference about gun trafficking, when I read about yet another mass shooting - this one in San Bernardino, Calif. I'm reminded of a day almost exactly three years ago, when sitting on the same train coming from a gun-violence prevention conference, I read about a mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Conn. Predictably, both times, my email blew up and my Facebook feed was full of laments - "no more," "enough," "God, stop this please," "this has to stop.
NEWS
May 18, 2000 | by Bruce Shapiro
They might not have hit the million mark, but the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators who showed up in Washington for the Mother's Day gun-control march were impressive by any historical or political standard. In decades of pushing and pulling between gun controllers and gun promoters, there has been nothing like this event. It was possible, for a day, to feel that everything had changed, that gun control's political moment had arrived. And some things really have changed.
NEWS
December 20, 1991 | By JOSHUA HORWITZ
Gun violence has reached crisis proportions throughout the United States. Once a problem thought to be confined to large urban centers, gun violence now has spread to smaller, historically safer cities, such as Milwaukee, Wis., and Charlotte, N.C., both of which will set firearms fatality records in 1991. Even small towns in rural America are not immune from this violence, as the recent massacre of 23 people by a crazed gunman in Killeen, Texas, has horribly demonstrated. This year, firearms violence is expected to account for 33,000 deaths and more than 250,000 injuries.
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April 1, 2005 | By Natalie Pompilio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gov. Rendell signed an executive order yesterday establishing a 21-person commission to investigate the recent surge in gun violence throughout the state. The commission's report, due by May 16, is expected to suggest changes to the law and how money can best be used to curb the bloodshed. Rendell also said he would assign 20 state troopers to a federal task force that deals with interstate gun trafficking. In the last month, incidents in Philadelphia, York and Pittsburgh have brought the issue of gun violence to the forefront.
NEWS
January 10, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday vowed urgent action against gun violence in America, pledging steps by the Obama administration that he said could "take thousands of people out of harm's way" and improve the safety of millions more. But a day ahead of a meeting with the National Rifle Association, which has sunk past gun-control efforts and is opposing any new ones, Biden signaled that the administration is mindful of political realities that could imperil sweeping gun-control legislation, and is willing to settle for something less.
NEWS
December 19, 2012 | By Dan Gross
This time, the shots didn't ring out in a movie theater in Colorado, outside a Safeway in Arizona, at a spa or temple in Wisconsin, or on a Virginia college campus. This time, it was children, elementary school boys and girls in Newtown, their bodies carted out like battlefield casualties. A few days earlier, there was a mass shooting of Christmas shoppers at an Oregon mall. The week before, it was a murder-suicide committed by an NFL player. And every day, there were - and are - less prominent shootings.
NEWS
June 28, 2007 | By BRYAN MILLER
IT'S THE FIRST week of summer. As heat and humidity rise, gun deaths and injuries continue to climb in Philly, Camden, Reading, York, Harrisburg and elsewhere. Police and community organizers worry that summer's heat will fuel the fire. Two critical opportunities have arisen during this portentous week for local legislators to step up, show some courage and act to lower the flame of gun violence. Sadly, one such opportunity was missed on Tuesday, as Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee Chairman Thomas Caltagirone (D-Berks)
NEWS
December 21, 2012
IT SHOULD TAKE Vice President Joe Biden about three minutes to round up a list of ideas to present the president for proposals to reduce gun violence. Many ideas - like banning assault weapons and restricting high-capacity gun magazines - have been around for years. Biden would also do well to consult the list of federal legislation being pushed by Mayors Against Illegal Guns. These include a fix to the gun-checks act that would update the database of people barred from owning handguns, and close the loophole that allows people to buy guns at gun shows without background checks.
NEWS
December 7, 2007 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
In recent weeks, lively Philadelphia nightclubs have been hit by deadly gun violence. A gun battle erupted among club-goers leaving Dreemz Ultra Lounge in Old City last month, leaving one man dead and another critically wounded. A man fired a gun outside Koko Bongo in University City on Oct. 28, striking a police officer in the leg and grazing a bystander. Police shot and killed the gunman. Police from the University of Pennsylvania killed a man inside Club Wizzards at 38th and Chestnut Streets on Nov. 26 after he shot and critically injured the club's DJ. As the city struggles with a proliferation of illegal guns while trying to promote a thriving night scene, fun has turned into mayhem in neighborhoods otherwise considered safe.
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NEWS
June 23, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
I CAN FEEL the moment slipping through our fingers, and I just can't have it. Not without at least pausing to acknowledge the relentless daily drip of gun violence in Philadelphia. So I have an idea - I'll get into that in a moment. For a little while, the world seemed to stop as we recoiled from the latest mass shooting. This time, in a popular gay nightclub in Orlando on June 12. We cried. We prayed. We yelled: Enough is enough! Something must be done! And then, a week after the deadliest mass shooting in modern history by a lone gunman, the Senate voted down four gun-policy measures.
NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday declined to reinstate a law that gave groups like the National Rifle Association the right to challenge local gun-control rules in court. Commonwealth Court overturned the law last year on the ground that the legislative process used to make it had violated the state constitution. The gun provision had been added to a bill that addressed the theft of metals. The Supreme Court agreed "that the legislature violated the single-subject rule in an effort to pass an unpopular and irrational bill without being noticed," said Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2016 | By Julia M. Klein, For The Inquirer
With controversy over immigration, nativist tensions and gun violence dominating the news, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's elegant production of West Side Story has a ripped-from-the-headlines feel. Instead of a border wall, set designer Steven TenEyck's chain-link fence represents the ethnic divides and misunderstandings that will lead to tragedy. There's more foreshadowing in the blood-red color of the tenements in which Tony and Maria, the show's contemporary Romeo and Juliet, pledge their undying love.
NEWS
June 21, 2016
ISSUE | GUN CONTROL Don't blame Second Amendment The Islamic State may encourage mass murders, but America is the great enabler. One need look no further than Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's 2008 opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller to find approval of gun laws and legal limits to the Second Amendment. Scalia wrote, "Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. " He agreed that it "was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.
NEWS
June 21, 2016 | By Lynne Honickman and Kathy Ruyak
GUN VIOLENCE pervades American life: What do we do besides scream? The mass shooting in Orlando was the kind of unbearable slaughter grown from 10 years of constant destruction and complacency that has born a continuous escalation of gun violence. Many people blame our government ("They're due their fair share"), many blame God ("God gave us 'free will' "), and many blame the NRA and its lobbyists, as well as the gun manufacturers (who don't seem to give a damn about the blessing of "life" and our responsibility for its endurance)
NEWS
June 20, 2016
Pat Toomey is the Republican U.S. senator from Pennsylvania The issue of gun violence has been with us for a long time, but it has clearly and painfully gotten worse in recent years. Our response to the devastating attack in Orlando must be part of our broader war against violent Islamist extremists and is by no means limited to the issue of guns. Nonetheless, the Orlando attack highlights the critical need for us to do more to prevent criminals, those with dangerous mental illnesses, and terrorists, from obtaining weapons.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Pat Toomey
DEAR ED, Thank you for your kind words about me in your recent "open letter" in the Daily News. I have long enjoyed our good working relationship, and look forward to continuing it. In this time of extreme partisanship, it is very valuable for our state and our country to have mutual respect across the aisle, as you and I have shown is possible. On the critical issue of stopping gun violence, we share much common ground. As you noted, in 2013, I was proud to cross the aisle and join Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, to support an expansion of background checks to prevent more people with criminal histories and dangerous mental illnesses from obtaining guns.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Ed Rendell
DEAR PAT, You know that we have had a good working relationship, and I believe you to be a decent and honorable man. In fact, you have used that quote in a campaign commercial. Now is the time for you to demonstrate that decency in what might take a strong dose of political courage, as well. I am sure you were as shocked and disgusted as we all were when you heard about the carnage that occurred in Orlando, Fla., in the early hours of Sunday morning. You probably watched, as I did, a news conference on Tuesday morning, when a governor, mayor, police chief, sheriff and FBI supervisor all said what a great job the first responders, police and medical personnel did. They all went on to say how the community has banded together in common grief with unprecedented unity.
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