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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.
NEWS
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The only thing as predictable as America's gun violence, including mass shootings, is America's political rapid reaction, especially in an election year - calling for legal measures to save us from America's gun violence. If that sounds annoyingly repetitive, it's because it's like everything to do with this issue. The Orlando nightclub shootings early Sunday set off yet another national debate on guns, offering politicians at all levels yet another platform for themselves. So, no surprise, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty is calling out her Republican opponent, Sen. Pat Toomey, to do more to fight gun violence.
NEWS
June 16, 2016 | By John Baer
THE ONLY THING as predictable as America's gun violence, including mass shootings, is America's political rapid reaction, especially in an election year - calling for legal measures to save us from America's gun violence. If that sounds annoyingly repetitive, it's because it's like everything to do with this issue. The Orlando nightclub shootings early Sunday set off yet another national debate on guns, offering politicians at all levels yet another platform for themselves. So, no surprise, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty is calling out her Republican opponent, Sen. Pat Toomey, to do more to fight gun violence.
NEWS
June 15, 2016
The latest and deadliest addition to America's grotesque gallery of mass shootings defies the classifications we try to impose on such crimes in a futile effort to make sense of them. Omar Mateen, the killer of nearly 50 men and women whose fatal decision was to go out and dance on a Saturday night, declared allegiance to the extremist group Islamic State in the midst of the massacre in Orlando, rendering it an act of terrorism. Bigotry also apparently motivated him to target a gay club, making it a hate crime.
NEWS
June 14, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - The Orlando shooting that left 50 dead Sunday immediately brought new calls for tougher gun laws from Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.), who plans to introduce a bill Monday to ban anyone convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from purchasing firearms. Currently, only those convicted of a felony face such bans. Casey is scheduled to introduce his measure at a Pittsburgh news conference. He was among several officials from the Philadelphia area who said the latest mass shooting shows the need for tighter regulation of gun purchases.
NEWS
June 4, 2016
ISSUE | CHILD WELFARE A reason for change I applaud social worker SaraKay Smullens' commentary about the Philadelphia Department of Human Services and the city's reaction to the downgrading of DHS's license because of failures in our system. Smullens' approach is refreshing: Use this rebuke to improve our system, not to spend money we don't have arguing about whether the downgrade is warranted. As a pediatrician in Philadelphia for more than 30 years, I know - as do the many others who work with our most vulnerable citizens - that the goodwill and hard work of most of the DHS staff are not sufficient when caseloads are too heavy, services are fragmented and limited, and support - financial and philosophical - is inadequate.
NEWS
June 4, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
Gary Jackson watched from a lawn chair on his porch as Mayor Dana Redd and a group of about 40 marched down his Camden block Thursday evening, led by a minister pleading into a megaphone to stop gun violence in the city. The march passed slowly. Toward the front were Redd and U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D., Camden), and behind them were city employees and members of various nonprofits who had come out for National Gun Violence Awareness Day. But to Jackson and several others in the city's Centerville neighborhood, the march did little to make them feel safe.
NEWS
June 3, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
I'M TRYING hard not to be cynical about National Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 2. To mark the occasion, people are encouraged to #WearOrange. It actually has an inspiring backstory, according to the press surrounding the campaign. In 2013, some friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a South Side Chicago student who was murdered, asked classmates to honor her by wearing orange. The students inspired the Wear Orange campaign (wearorange.org), working to reduce gun violence in the U.S. Obviously a work in progress.
NEWS
May 29, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, STAFF WRITER
NEWARK, Del. - It wasn't real blood that spattered on the shoes of a girl in the front row, but some of the kids shrieked a little anyway. Shrieked, and giggled a bit, too. But not for long. "Get that tube in!" a doctor shouted. "He's losing a lot of blood!" Leaning forward in their seats, students from George Read Middle School in New Castle, Del., craned their necks for a better look. This was a simulated emergency performed by staff at Christiana Hospital, but the youngsters knew it was based on the story of a real gunshot victim.
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, POLITICS WRITER
Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt five years ago, still struggles for words. "Speaking is difficult for me," she said Wednesday in a halting voice, "but come January, I want to say these two words: Madam President . " The crowd gathered in Cherry Hill for a roundtable on gun violence burst into applause at the emotional endorsement of Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential bid. Giffords and...
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