March 30, 2016 |
The gunmen lodged three bullets in Jayvon Mitchell-Pendleton's body on the evening of March 2 in North Philadelphia. The 20-year-old died a few hours later at Temple University Hospital. Several days later, police charged Nasir McNamee, 15, and Khalil Davenport, 20, with Mitchell-Pendleton's murder. Both live only blocks away from the victim's home. It's become a common story in the city: boys and young men shooting other young men, often in retaliation for previous incidents.
March 25, 2016 |
OUR YOUTH are the most important resource we have, so we must protect them from senseless acts of gun violence if we hope to build a better future for Philadelphia. As a young man who grew up in South Philadelphia, I have watched illegal guns proliferate around the city. More guns are confiscated now than when I was younger, and the weapons recovered are more dangerous assault-style weapons. My own cousin was killed in an act of gun violence at 17th and Dickinson Streets in the 1990s, inspiring me to become a public servant and work full time to reduce youth gun violence.
March 16, 2016 |
U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. Jr., who did an about-face on gun control three years ago, came to Philadelphia on Monday to talk with like-minded individuals about his efforts, and to solicit their ideas on dealing with gun violence. "This is a grave matter for the country and, candidly, it's an issue that we haven't tackled in a manner that's commensurate with the threat that's posed," the Democrat told representatives of Mothers in Charge, Philadelphia CeaseFire, CeaseFire PA, and others at a roundtable at Temple University's Lewis Katz School of Medicine.
March 12, 2016
ISSUE | GUN CONTROL Help stop shootings When will Pennsylvania stop putting guns over lives? I'm sure it's a question the Pittsburgh community of Wilkinsburg is asking after Wednesday's shootings left four women and one man dead and three others wounded. I'm disgusted by the disregard for life and the love for guns in Pennsylvania. And I'm angry as I watch most of my fellow lawmakers turn a blind eye to gun violence and proliferation while citizens are killed daily. As a member of the Pa. SAFE Caucus, I am fighting to reduce violence through sensible gun laws, funding for mental-health services, and stronger tools for law enforcement.
March 3, 2016 |
In the second meeting in as many days on Philadelphia's ever-present problem of gun violence, a group of clerical and civic leaders concluded that stopping young men from arming themselves and shooting themselves and others has no easy solutions. "We are in a war, a real war, where casualties are every day in our community," Kenny Gamble, the Grammy-winning record producer and developer, who has focused his attention on the South Philadelphia neighborhood of his birth, said Tuesday during a faith-based roundtable discussion at City Hall.
March 2, 2016 |
More than 100 people attended a rancorous community meeting Monday night in South Philadelphia to discuss solutions for dealing with gun violence. The gathering at Vare Recreation Center, originally billed as for "men only," was opened to anyone after Mayor Kenney asked to attend. Kenney touted his forthcoming budget, which he said included the borrowing of hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild recreation centers and other facilities throughout the city. He also highlighted his proposal for universal pre-kindergarten and programs in schools that would provide access to dental, vision, nutrition, and psychological services for children.
February 16, 2016
I JUST HAD one of the hardest days of my teaching career. The reason was not because of student behavior or the lack of funding for Philadelphia schools. The reason was that my fourth-grade students and I had discussed the very real problem of gun violence in our city and its neighborhoods, and how close to home it hits for many of Philadelphia's students. We read Helen Ubinas's column from the Daily News - "Who is crying over Philly's children who live amid our gun culture?" - and watched the Public Service Announcement from Unity in the Community, "Stop the Violence," which featured Philly children who have lost fathers to gun violence.
February 6, 2016 |
Members of Philadelphia City Council set their focus on public safety Thursday, approving appointees to a new committee on criminal justice reform and proposing the creation of a commission to address one part of that puzzle - youth gun violence. Keir Bradford-Gray, chief of the Philadelphia Defenders Association and a cochair of the criminal justice committee, called the effort "a step in the right direction to being smart on crime. " "We should struggle and strive to understand, when are we making people more desperate?
January 21, 2016 |
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.
January 16, 2016 |
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.