December 31, 2012
WASHINGTON - Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first-graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Obama pledged to put his "full weight" behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence. Obama voiced skepticism about the National Rifle Association's proposal to put armed guards in schools following the Dec. 14 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The president made his comments Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press. " Instead, the president vowed to rally the American people around an agenda to limit gun violence, adding that he still supports increased background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity bullet magazines.
January 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is considering a $50 million plan to fund hundreds of police officers in public schools, a leading Democratic senator said, part of a broad gun-violence agenda that is likely to include a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips and universal background checks. The school safety initiative would make federal dollars available to schools that want to hire police officers and install surveillance equipment, although it is not nearly as far-ranging as the National Rifle Association's proposal for armed guards in every U.S. school.
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.
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.
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.