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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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)
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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.
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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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January 21, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie acted Tuesday on more than 100 pieces of legislation, vetoing bills that would ban firearms for certain criminals, raise the smoking age, and preserve nonprofit hospitals' property-tax exemption. Christie, a Republican running for president, had until Tuesday to take action on bills the Legislature passed during the lame-duck session between November's election and the start of the new legislative session last week. He "pocket vetoed" dozens of bills, meaning he did not sign them into law or officially reject them.
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January 16, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
Several hundred people gathered Thursday night at a West Philadelphia school to address concerns raised by the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer by a man who allegedly claimed allegiance to the Islamic State. National attention has been on the link to international terrorism, but for many residents of the neighborhood near Cobbs Creek, fear is nothing new. During the evening assembly at Bryant School, 60th Street and Cedar Avenue, some repeated familiar refrains: Seniors are too afraid to leave their houses, and gun violence is commonplace.
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January 16, 2016
ISSUE | GUN VIOLENCE Police, beware Tuesday's editorial ("Cops put lives in peril), which concluded that the shooting of Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett should not be exploited for political purposes, puts The Inquirer in the same despicable category as the gun lobby, which pronounces after mass shootings: "There go those gun-control advocates again, using innocent victims to score political points. " The editorial cautions against thinking that police "are being targeted by terrorists or - if you believe right-wing pundits - adherents of the Black Lives Matter movement.
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January 15, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
ASIR BAGWELL, 8, blinked once, then twice, then so many times that I stopped listening to the adults in the room. The boy with the almond-shape eyes was trying with all his might to blink back tears as his grandmother talked about his father, gunned down when Asir was just 1. He pulled the sleeves of his green jersey over his hands, and when he couldn't hold them back anymore, he quietly and quickly soaked up the tears running down his face....
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January 8, 2016
ISSUE | GUN CONTROL Give Obama credit I applaud President Obama for taking concrete action to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in America ("A tearful Obama acts on guns," Wednesday). His executive actions will make a significant contribution to reducing the estimated 40 percent of gun sales that don't involve background checks - especially at gun shows and online. I'm also pleased that the president is adding federal resources to improve gun safety technology (smart guns)
NEWS
January 7, 2016
MARYLAND Judge: Baltimore officer must testify A Baltimore judge ruled Wednesday that a police officer facing charges related to the death of Freddie Gray must testify against a fellow officer, an unprecedented move that means the officer could face jail if he refuses. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams ruled that William Porter, whose trial ended in a mistrial last month, can be compelled to take the stand in the trial of wagon driver Caesar Goodson. Goodson is facing the most serious charge of the six officers charged in the case: second-degree murder, in addition to manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.
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January 7, 2016
I'M BETTING that gun makers, sellers, and the NRA are pretty happy today. That's because any time there's a push toward any sort of gun control, such as President Obama made yesterday, gun sales go up. That means more guns in a nation that, according to the Congressional Research Service, already has more guns (357 million) than people (319 million). It means more money for the guns and ammo trade, a $13.5 billion business, according to industry analysts. And it likely means more members and political power for the NRA. This is certainly an unintended consequence of efforts to reduce gun violence.
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January 7, 2016 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Politicians who don't mind appearing to carry water for the National Rifle Association offered a swift, knee-jerk response to President Obama's new executive measures to regulate gun sales. "No president should be able to reverse legislative failure by executive fiat," said House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.). No doubt the congressman used the words "executive fiat" to rattle people who fear Obama often exceeds his presidential powers. But it's the "legislative failure" Ryan alluded to that is more concerning.
NEWS
December 30, 2015
By Larry Farnese If you're venturing out to catch Star Wars: The Force Awakens , you should know that many theaters are confiscating toy light sabers. Which they are legally entitled to do. What theaters can't do, despite multiple movie theater shootings, is confiscate guns. Think about that. A movie theater can take away plastic light sabers because they pose a threat as "weapons," while an actual weapon can stay in a moviegoer's holster. I'm not advocating that movie theaters confiscate guns.
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December 25, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
Diane Marano's 25 years as an assistant prosecutor in Camden County's juvenile unit made her an expert in her field. As she neared retirement, however, she started Ph.D. studies, adding more depth to the topic she knew so intimately. Her research - focusing on the relationship between young offenders and guns - became the basis of her recent book Juvenile Offenders and Guns: Voices Behind Gun Violence . At 64, Marano now teaches at Rutgers-Camden. In the spring, she will teach two classes: Youth and Juvenile Justice, and Perspectives on Youth Violence.
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