June 18, 1999 |
A group of Democratic lawmakers working for gun control grade the Legislature "worse than an 'F' " in responding to concerns about gun violence. The recently-formed Common Sense Firearms Safety Caucus, - 12 to 15 lawmakers who banded together in the wake of school shootings in Colorado and Georgia - this week released its "report card" on the Legislature's spring session. Rep. T. J. Rooney, D-Lehigh County, co-chairman of the caucus said Republican leaders controlling the Legislature "do not even deserve an 'F'. " He said the House and Senate did nothing to act on some 68 gun bills, including measures requiring safety-locks, expanding background checks and limiting gun sales to one-a-month.
February 10, 2013 |
TRENTON - The New Jersey Assembly planned to act quickly on 20 gun-violence prevention bills that Democrats unveiled Friday, as 300 gun-rights advocates held a Second Amendment rally in dreary weather outside the Statehouse. The package of proposals announced by the Democratic-led Assembly would restrict ammunition sales, require firearms-safety training, and make it tougher for some to obtain gun permits. The bills also address mental-health treatment and enhanced gun safety. "Whether it's the streets of our New Jersey communities, a movie theater in Colorado, or an elementary school in Connecticut, enough is enough is enough," said Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D., Essex)
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.
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 22, 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.