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NEWS
September 18, 2014
USUALLY it takes us at least a week or two after Harrisburg comes back to work after the summer to get exasperated or outraged at our state lawmakers. But this time, it's taken less than 24 hours. Lawmakers returned Monday from summer break; they'll convene for 11 days between now and late October, before another break for the election. (The Senate will convene a total of 10 days.) And, no, that's not even what we're upset about. Nor is it that the cigarette tax needed for the schools still hasn't passed; it is at least moving toward a vote.
NEWS
September 17, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
YOU HAVE TO give Philadelphia police officers credit for attending Fox Chase Community Night Out, part of a national anti-violence event to fight crime. And it's no surprise that the uniformed SWAT cops came armed with a few "toys" to attract residents to their table - a police van, a helmet, a couple of bulletproof vests. But when one of the toys is a semiautomatic rifle, you have to be stunned at the imprudence of putting the gun in the hands of children. Marion Brown certainly was. Besides being a Fox Chase resident, Brown is a co-coordinator of a local chapter of Heeding God's Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence.
NEWS
August 26, 2014 | BY SHIRA GOODMAN & NICHOLAS RAMSEY
ON AUG. 1, just before 10 p.m. on Etting Street near Dickinson, in Grays Ferry, neighbors filled the street enjoying the mild summer evening. Three-year-old Tynirah Borum sat on a porch getting her hair braided. Two young men from the neighborhood arrived on a bicycle, began arguing and with complete disregard for life, fired off several rounds from a handgun. Tragically, they shot four people, one of whom was Tynirah. Shot through the left side of her chest, she died not long after.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
AS A GROUP of law-enforcement and elected officials called yesterday for a mandatory two-year sentence for people convicted of illegally carrying a firearm, kids in the South Philadelphia neighborhood watched and played. It was a beautiful, sunny day. But on Aug. 1, horror enveloped the area after Tynirah Borum, 3, who was getting her hair braided on a porch on Etting Street near Dickinson, was fatally shot. The alleged gunman, Brandon Ruffin, 22, had been released from jail on July 3, after serving 23 months on an 11 1/2-to-23-month sentence after pleading guilty to illegally carrying a weapon.
NEWS
August 7, 2014
James S. Brady often said he tried to forget the hail of bullets that felled him 33 years ago. Fortunately, though, the former press secretary to Ronald Reagan kept other facets of the attempted assassination - especially the availability of guns and the nation's inability to keep them out of the hands of troubled people - in sharp focus. The fight for better gun control became a calling for Brady, who died of complications from his crippling wounds Monday at the age of 73. It was the lifesaving mission of a man who acknowledged that the life he knew before John W. Hinckley Jr. took aim was lost forever.
NEWS
August 7, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
AS PHILADELPHIA mourns the violent deaths of so many children - including a 3-year-old girl killed Friday by a stray bullet in Grays Ferry - Rhawnhurst Presbyterian Church has installed a memorial of 201 T-shirts, each bearing the name and age of a 2013 shooting victim. "There is one shirt for every victim of gun violence within the borders of the city in 2013," the Rev. Keith McClain said. He partnered with Heeding God's Call - a faith-based campaign to end illegal-handgun sales - and erected the activist group's traveling "Memorial to the Lost" on his church's front lawn along Loretto Avenue near Lansing Street, where it will remain through Aug. 16. A prayer vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at which the public is invited to walk through the memorial, reflect on what it means and, if moved to do so, quietly say a prayer for an end to gun violence.
NEWS
August 7, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - The words common sense were mentioned quite a bit during Shaneen Allen's hearing yesterday in Atlantic County Superior Court. Allen, 27, cried for a moment in the hallway with her son Naiare and his father after a judge denied her motion to dismiss weapons charges filed against her in October and refused to overturn a prosecutor's decision to deny her entry into a first-time-offender diversion program. So Allen walked back into court, turned down a plea deal that would have given her a 3 1/2-year sentence and decided to go to trial in October, hoping a jury would use some common sense and not send a working mother of two to prison for not knowing New Jersey's gun laws.
NEWS
August 4, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
Police late Saturday charged a man in the killing of a 3-year-old girl as she was getting her hair braided on her Grays Ferry porch the night before. The death of Tynirah Borum - one of five people hit in the blaze of gunfire during a dispute in the 1500 block of South Etting Street - sparked an outpouring of grief in the neighborhood, and a LOVE Park protest against gun violence Saturday afternoon. Douglas Woods, 22, was charged with murder, three counts of attempted murder, and related charges.
NEWS
July 16, 2014
New Jersey schoolchildren might have returned to their classrooms this fall shielded by one of the nation's most progressive measures in response to mass shootings - a ban on ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds. But now it seems they will have to wait at least two years, and maybe until after the 2016 political conventions, for the state to recalibrate its gun-safety laws. Gov. Christie's recent veto of the sensible gun-control reform - which was the focus of a 55,000-signature campaign by the grieving parents of children slain in Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre - is being widely read as driven by Christie's need to toe the line on red-state issues to enhance his presidential aspirations.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | BY DAN K. THOMASSON
  IT MAY BE a longer, hotter summer for the gun freaks than they have had in some time, mainly the National Rifle Association, which approaches every election with a strategy to oppose everything and dole out money only to candidates who pledge allegiance to the industry's policy of no firearms restrictions, period. Michael Bloomberg is planning to give the NRA and its minions a dose of their own medicine at the same time a movement is gaining momentum among some states to take guns away from those identified as potentially dangerous because of mental problems.
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