July 24, 1998 |
The U.S. Senate yesterday earmarked $2.3 million to help fight gun crime in Philadelphia and Camden. In a news release issued by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.), $1.5 million will go to Philadelphia and $800,000 will be allotted to Camden. "These two cities need help getting gun violence under control," Lautenberg said. The money will be used to hire additional federal prosecutors and Justice Department investigators to crack down on guns used in crimes. According to Lautenberg, a study by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms found that 80 percent of the guns used in crimes in New Jersey were smuggled into the state and sold illegally by gun traffickers.
August 10, 2013 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie signed 10 bills Thursday targeting gun violence in New Jersey, including measures requiring that certain mental-health records be submitted to the federal background-check database and increasing penalties for gun trafficking. Christie did not take action on several other measures passed by the Legislature after the December massacre in Newtown, Conn., including a proposal to ban .50-caliber guns and another requiring that gun-permit information be encoded on driver's licenses.
September 11, 2012
Chillin' Wit' is a regular feature of the Daily News spotlighting a name in the news away from the job. "I'M NOT anti-gun," insists Max Nacheman, the 26-year-old director of CeaseFirePA. "If people want to have guns, that's their thing," he says, walking to his Center City rowhouse on Sunday. What he is against, he says, are irresponsible gun-owners, people who use guns to kill or injure others, and "straw purchasers" - people who buy guns legally for the benefit of criminals.
July 27, 2013 |
Philadelphia is fighting "the way of the gun" and striving to end violence, especially among African American boys and men. That was the message Thursday at a City Hall news conference held by leaders of various city departments who pledged to work collaboratively to make the city safer. "The way of the gun is not the way of a successful life," said Richard Negrin, the city's managing director. Picking up a gun offers a young person the kind of power "you can get drunk on - the power of life or death," Negrin continued.
April 12, 2000 |
I am a Philadelphia police detective, on the force more than 22 years. I've lost count of the number of crimes I have investigated involving guns. Gun violence has long since left urban areas and become a national epidemic, affecting everyone. The president, Congress, state legislatures, city and county councils have repeatedly attempted to adjust and modify the laws to put controls on guns and increase sentencing. As proven by the steady increase in gun violence, all attempts so far have had little to no effect.
January 7, 2007
Elected and appointed leaders in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, the ones most responsible for protecting the public from violence, are supposed to be smart. The key phrase is supposed to be. People can dream, can't they? And dreaming it seems to be, considering how childishly local leaders have been acting lately. You'd think that with 406 homicides last year, and at least four so far this year, Mayor Street, District Attorney Lynne Abraham, and Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson would be focused on exchanging ideas for improving public safety.
April 10, 2007 |
More than 100 murders so far this year, more than 80 percent of them involving handguns. More than 400 shootings, an average of five a day. A 40 percent increase in homicides since 2002. Almost 85 percent of shooters and victims have criminal records. More than $100 million in hospital charges for assault-related medical care. Not enough jobs or social services, and way too many guns. The litany yesterday became as depressingly numbing - almost - as the sirens outside an urban emergency room on a Saturday night.
February 13, 2013 |
HOURS AFTER a gunman opened fire at a courthouse in his home state of Delaware on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden held a roundtable on gun violence with a slew of local officials in North Philadelphia. Biden said that the group of law-enforcement officers and Democratic politicians supported much of President Obama's recently announced gun-control plan, including an improved system for background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. "The nation is demanding that we act responsibly," Biden said of recent calls for gun control following the massacre in Newtown, Conn.
October 19, 2005
YOUR ARTICLE "In Philly, killers stick to their guns" (Oct. 17) finds Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson once again dodging his department's chronic inability to solve the problem of violent crime in Philadelphia's neighborhoods. Johnson says, "We have the most lenient gun laws in the entire nation. " Not true, commissioner. Many states have more lenient laws than Pennsylvania. Montana, for example, doesn't even regulate possession of handguns for those under 18. Even liberal Vermont doesn't require a permit for a concealed firearm.
September 21, 2011 |
In the light drizzle of a wet Wednesday, they gathered in mournful silence. Members of the interfaith group Heeding God's Call came to pray at 16th and Catharine Streets, where, on July 1, 20-year-old Benjamin Butcher died of a gunshot wound. As of Monday, he was among 186 whose lives were claimed by gun violence this year, said Linda Noonan, a coordinator of the event. "In Philadelphia, someone is murdered in our city every 28 hours," she said. "Eighty percent of those are due to guns, and we believe the bulk of those are due to illegally obtained guns.