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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
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.
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.
NEWS
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
April 29, 1998
Last summer, two Pennsylvania legislators, Andrew Carn and T.J. Rooney, both Democrats, held public hearings on gun violence and gun safety. Hardly anyone came. Last year, Carn and Rooney introduced legislation aimed at toughening gun-safety laws. Hardly anyone listened. Today, however, it's a different story. Mayor Rendell recently went before gun manufacturers and called on them to help stop the violence caused by firearms. The city plans a major anti-gun violence campaign this summer.
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April 1, 2014 | BY BRYAN LENTZ & DENNIS M. O'BRIEN
  IN A YEAR when we will elect a governor, it is worth asking: Does Pennsylvania have a comprehensive initiative to reduce gun violence in all of the state's major cities? Places like Chester, York, Reading and Allentown? Would Pennsylvania stand behind a strategy that has shown that violence can be dramatically reduced when community members and law enforcement join together to directly engage violent street groups and clearly communicate a message against violence? Focused Deterrence is a proven and comprehensive gun-violence reduction strategy developed by criminologist David Kennedy, of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and we believe that it should be a component in the state's overall public-safety policy.
NEWS
March 29, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Inquirer took first place in four categories in the 2014 Keystone Press Awards, announced Thursday by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. The newspaper scored the top prize in the category of sports event coverage for reporting on the final round of the 2013 U.S. Open at the Merion Golf Club. Staff writer Alfred Lubrano won first place in news beat reporting for his coverage of issues related to poverty. Staff writer Kathy Boccella took first place in feature writing for a story about the 50-year anniversary of one of the ugliest racial incidents in Philadelphia history.
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March 24, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
TWO YOUNG MEN were shot dead on the streets of Southwest Philadelphia a few blocks away from each other on a cold Friday in January. They died minutes apart. "This is insane," City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson recalled thinking when he heard the news. The deaths of Jahmeer Jett and Benjamin Collier on Jan. 17 prompted community leaders from the area to reach out to Johnson to discuss the ongoing problem of youth and guns that plagues their neighborhoods, he said. Johnson, who had already established a gun task force in South Philadelphia, decided to spin off the idea in Southwest.
NEWS
March 18, 2014 | By Amelia Brust, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Under gray skies, the Healing Presence Singers performed Sunday at the corner of Ritner and Colorado Streets in South Philadelphia. Their voices were raised in song to remind a city about a killing it won't soon forget, and to protest gun violence. They gathered, about two dozen in all, outside what had been the plant-filled apartment of Amber Long. The 26-year-old architect was shot and killed Jan. 19 across town on the 900 block of North Front Street in Northern Liberties during a purse snatching.
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March 18, 2014 | BY NAVEED AHSAN, Daily News Staff Writer ahsann@phillynews.com, 215-854-5904
THE SOUTH PHILLY home of homicide victim Amber Long was the backdrop yesterday for a rally to end gun violence. About 20 members of the advocacy group Heeding God's Call and a handful of other local activists staged the rally on Ritner Street near Bouvier. It included Philadelphia choir the Healing Presence Singers and remarks by Long's neighbor Gene Foschini. "First time I met her, she gave me a big hug when she came to look at the apartment," Foschini told the crowd. "I loved her. She was a great girl.
NEWS
February 9, 2014
Calling 'cut' on film incentives In commenting recently on a plan for the Boyd Theater, Greater Philadelphia Film Office executive director Sharon Pinkenson was able to exclaim with glee that no public funds would be used. Yet she has no problem with her Film Office feeding at the public trough when it comes to lobbying for increased state subsidies to lure film companies to our area ("Uncap Pa. film tax credit," Feb. 4). While this is done under the guise of bringing jobs, these are not permanent jobs.
NEWS
January 19, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Mike Newall, and Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two 15-year-old students were wounded Friday afternoon in what may have been an accidental shooting inside a charter high school in Logan, Philadelphia police said. One of the victims, a girl who was shot through the arm, was treated at Einstein Medical Center, just blocks away from Delaware Valley Charter High School, where the shooting occurred. She was released from the hospital later in the day. The second victim, her boyfriend, was struck by the same bullet, which lodged in his shoulder, police said.
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December 3, 2013 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
JOE GROGAN rushed out of his apartment above the Scarlett O'Hara Pub on Torresdale Avenue near Levick Street on Saturday night when he heard the sirens of converging squad cars and police officers shouting at two suspects they had up against the outside wall of the bar. "They were yelling, 'I told you not to take your hands off the f---ing wall!' and 'Don't go putting your f---ing hands in your pockets!' " Grogan, 57, said in the smoky Tacony bar yesterday afternoon, watching the Eagles on TV, gutting out the final minutes of a 24-21 nail-biter over the Cardinals.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
THIS TIME, Justin Bieber is blaming food poisoning for forcing him to stop his show in Buenos Aires - the second stoppage during his South America tour. "I'm not feeling too good, I think I'm out of energy," he told the unhappy crowd, saying he was sorry and blowing a kiss before walking off the stage while the boos escalated. Bieber posted a "selfie" photo on Twitter showing himself receiving intravenous fluids, and his manager, Scooter Braun , came to his defense. Braun said that Bieber's food poisoning was so severe, he spent eight hours on an IV drip before Sunday night's show, and doctors advised canceling, but Bieber didn't want to disappoint his fans.
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