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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.
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
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
September 17, 2016
ISSUE | GUN VIOLENCE Lawmakers must stop the shootings We in the Philadelphia area do not need to wait for terrorists to infiltrate our city. We are managing, with guns, to kill each other ("9 shot on a deadly Tuesday in Phila.," Thursday). When a 2-year-old can pick up a loaded gun and shoot himself in a Bucks County home ("Police: Toddler shoots self with gun, dies," Tuesday), and a pregnant woman can be critically wounded on a Kensington street in broad daylight ("Pregnant woman, 2 others shot," Wednesday)
NEWS
September 17, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
In June, Linda Matlack began inquiring about all of the people who had died from gun violence in South Jersey since January 2015, a task that would consume so much energy she barely had time to reflect on the victims. "There were 88 as of early August," said Matlack, who is coordinating a "Memorial to the Lost" exhibit for the Medford Friends Meeting to raise awareness about gun violence. Pale-green, blue, and yellow T-shirts, each representing a crime victim, will be mounted on PVC pipe frames and arranged in rows on the meetinghouse lawn Saturday.
NEWS
September 4, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, Staff Writer
THIS SUMMER, when the world's eyes were on Philadelphia because of the Democratic National Convention, the Huffington Post went to North Philadelphia to visit the Strawberry Mansion Learning Center. The Huffington Post wanted to film a story on gun violence and had sought out a CeaseFire PA fellow, who suggested reporters go to the Learning Center. "I was excited," said Kevin Upshur, 57, the center's founder. "You have people who call you and want to tell your story - and really tell it in a way that can help you to help others.
NEWS
August 19, 2016
I RECENTLY browsed through my favorite convenience store, only to notice Mahaj Brown's unscathed image on the cover of the Daily News. The very first thing that came to my mind was "This could be my son. " Moreover, the story line read, "Will it ever stop!" Within the past year, I broke off friendship with a lifelong buddy of mine primarily because of our views on guns. He became upset with me because I refused to fill out the necessary, police-required paperwork that ultimately would lead to him getting a firearm.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
THE TEEN CHOICE Awards took on a somber tone Sunday when Jessica Alba , Ne-Yo and teenagers related to shooting victims in San Bernardino, Newtown and Orlando, called for an end to gun violence. Good luck with that. Alba and singer Ne-Yo, who performed Marvin Gaye 's "What's Going On," asked the audience to stand and for everyone to post on social media using the hashtag #StopTheViolence. Apologies. We hadn't realized they hashtagged it. Justin Timberlake also brought seriousness to the otherwise silly ceremony when Kobe Bryant gave JT the show's version of a lifetime achievement award.
NEWS
July 29, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITER
Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey endorsed Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, saying he believes Clinton is the candidate most likely to push for an assault weapons ban and comprehensive background checks for would-be gun purchasers. "Now more than ever, we need a strong steady leader to stop the bloodshed," said Ramsey, who retired from the Philadelphia Police Department in January. "A leader that will protect our officers from being outgunned by weapons of war, and to rebuild the bonds between police and communities.
NEWS
July 28, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
By sheer logistics, Ruth Donnelly and Dorothy Johnson-Speight might have never met. In 2001, Johnson-Speight was 52, living in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, working as a mental health therapist. Donnelly was 43, living in Olney, and working in education. Five miles separated them. They lived in different worlds. But profound tragedy - and coincidence - linked the two: Both lost their sons to murder. Both sons were killed by the same man, just five months - and two blocks - apart.
NEWS
July 28, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, POLITICS WRITER
When the lights came up, revealing nine African American women standing in a circle, as if in prayer, delegates and guests at the Democratic National Convention broke into a chant: "Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter!" Then the crowd quieted to listen to the Mothers of the Movement, women whose children died at the hands of police or in bursts of gun violence. They were there to testify for presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. "She knows that when a young black life is cut short, it's not just a personal loss, it's . . . a loss that diminishes all of us," said Geneva Reed-Veal, whose daughter, Sandra Bland, was found hanged by a twisted plastic garbage back in a Texas jail in 2015.
NEWS
July 19, 2016 | By Kenyatta Johnson
COMMON-SENSE gun reform is a movement whose time has come. As we move forward as a country, the American people are demanding change after years of mass shootings and regular incidents of gun violence that go unchecked. I urge members of Congress to continue their mission to demand votes on gun control. In late June, House Democrats staged a 25-hour sit-in, symbolic of civil rights sit-ins from the 1960s, to demand votes for gun control. The sit-in came in the wake of the worst mass shooting on U.S soil on June 12, at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Forty-nine innocent people lost their lives and 53 were injured.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
TYHIR BARNES died on Monday. He was 15. Cause of death: a bullet to his face, police say, after some coward pumped bullets into a crowd after a neighborhood basketball game in Southwest Philly. Why shoot into a crowd? Maybe it was retaliation over trash talk after a basketball win, or something equally trivial. But let's call the cause of death what it is. A disease. Tyhir Barnes, a kid with promise, a kid who gave his family hope, died of our national disease, gun violence.
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