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NEWS
June 22, 2016
I CAN FEEL the moment slipping through our fingers, and I just can't have it. Not without at least pausing to acknowledge the relentless daily drip of gun violence in Philadelphia. So I have an idea. I'll get into that in a moment. For a little while, the world seemed to stop as we recoiled from the latest mass shooting. This time, in a popular gay nightclub in Orlando on June 12. We cried. We prayed. We yelled: Enough is enough! Something must be done! And then, a week after the deadliest mass shooting in modern history by a lone gunman, the Senate voted down four gun policy measures.
NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday declined to reinstate a law that gave groups like the National Rifle Association the right to challenge local gun-control rules in court. Commonwealth Court overturned the law last year on the ground that the legislative process used to make it had violated the state constitution. The gun provision had been added to a bill that addressed the theft of metals. The Supreme Court agreed "that the legislature violated the single-subject rule in an effort to pass an unpopular and irrational bill without being noticed," said Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2016 | By Julia M. Klein, For The Inquirer
With controversy over immigration, nativist tensions and gun violence dominating the news, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's elegant production of West Side Story has a ripped-from-the-headlines feel. Instead of a border wall, set designer Steven TenEyck's chain-link fence represents the ethnic divides and misunderstandings that will lead to tragedy. There's more foreshadowing in the blood-red color of the tenements in which Tony and Maria, the show's contemporary Romeo and Juliet, pledge their undying love.
NEWS
June 21, 2016
ISSUE | GUN CONTROL Don't blame Second Amendment The Islamic State may encourage mass murders, but America is the great enabler. One need look no further than Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's 2008 opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller to find approval of gun laws and legal limits to the Second Amendment. Scalia wrote, "Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. " He agreed that it "was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.
NEWS
June 21, 2016 | By Lynne Honickman and Kathy Ruyak
GUN VIOLENCE pervades American life: What do we do besides scream? The mass shooting in Orlando was the kind of unbearable slaughter grown from 10 years of constant destruction and complacency that has born a continuous escalation of gun violence. Many people blame our government ("They're due their fair share"), many blame God ("God gave us 'free will' "), and many blame the NRA and its lobbyists, as well as the gun manufacturers (who don't seem to give a damn about the blessing of "life" and our responsibility for its endurance)
NEWS
June 20, 2016
Pat Toomey is the Republican U.S. senator from Pennsylvania The issue of gun violence has been with us for a long time, but it has clearly and painfully gotten worse in recent years. Our response to the devastating attack in Orlando must be part of our broader war against violent Islamist extremists and is by no means limited to the issue of guns. Nonetheless, the Orlando attack highlights the critical need for us to do more to prevent criminals, those with dangerous mental illnesses, and terrorists, from obtaining weapons.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Pat Toomey
DEAR ED, Thank you for your kind words about me in your recent "open letter" in the Daily News. I have long enjoyed our good working relationship, and look forward to continuing it. In this time of extreme partisanship, it is very valuable for our state and our country to have mutual respect across the aisle, as you and I have shown is possible. On the critical issue of stopping gun violence, we share much common ground. As you noted, in 2013, I was proud to cross the aisle and join Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, to support an expansion of background checks to prevent more people with criminal histories and dangerous mental illnesses from obtaining guns.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Ed Rendell
DEAR PAT, You know that we have had a good working relationship, and I believe you to be a decent and honorable man. In fact, you have used that quote in a campaign commercial. Now is the time for you to demonstrate that decency in what might take a strong dose of political courage, as well. I am sure you were as shocked and disgusted as we all were when you heard about the carnage that occurred in Orlando, Fla., in the early hours of Sunday morning. You probably watched, as I did, a news conference on Tuesday morning, when a governor, mayor, police chief, sheriff and FBI supervisor all said what a great job the first responders, police and medical personnel did. They all went on to say how the community has banded together in common grief with unprecedented unity.
NEWS
June 17, 2016
CHRISTINE FLOWERS wrote in the wake of the Orlando shootings: "What happened to the days when deaths were mourned, and fingers pointed afterwards when the heat of anger and despair had cooled to the equally painful but more manageable state of sad clarity?" OK, ma'am, pray tell. When is the right time to point fingers, investigate, question or assign blame? The day after? A week later? A month from now? Or the day before the next incident? Assuming your crystal ball is not too foggy.
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