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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 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...
NEWS
May 27, 2016
OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, our front porches, are staring down the barrel of a gun. Memorial Day weekend approaches, and so does the warm weather that usually brings increased gun violence. By Thursday afternoon, Philadelphia had clocked 445 shootings, 24 percent higher than the 358 recorded this time last year. How do you prepare when escape is not an option? How do you carry on when you can see the chaos coming straight at you and your loved ones? "Let's take a walk," Denise Carey says when I stop by the West Mill Creek Recreation Center in West Philly.
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Tom Buglio
I COULDN'T help but notice the long article from Kim Stolfer, president of Firearms Owners Against Crime, in the May 18 edition of the Daily News. Stolfer argues against background checks for gun sales. The themes that emerged are pretty simple: * Pennsylvania background checks aren't worth the expense and inconvenience. * Background checks are an excuse for a gun registry. * Just enforce the laws on the books. As an active gun-rights advocate, Stolfer does his best to discredit background checks with 2014 statistics from the Pennsylvania Instant Check System, or PICS: 13,178 denials for purchase, 782 arrests and 367 criminals prosecuted.
NEWS
May 25, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie on Monday again conditionally vetoed a bill requiring domestic violence offenders to surrender firearms, saying current law already covers the issue. The Republican governor said in a veto message that the bill would place "redundant restrictions on firearms ownership while ignoring the larger problem of domestic violence. " Current law requires officers to seize a person's weapons when there is probable cause to believe the person has committed domestic violence, said Christie, who vetoed a version of the bill last year.
NEWS
May 11, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
WHAT IF we stopped trying to get guns off the streets and instead started licensing young men in Philly to legally pack heat? Do I have your attention? Yeah, Maj Toure got mine, too, when he suggested the idea, which he's pitching through a campaign he's calling Black Guns Matter. Catchy, right? And provocative. Toure, 29, is a local activist and artist. In many ways, he's also a walking, talking contradiction of what turns out to be an increasingly stereotypical idea of gun owners.
NEWS
April 27, 2016
By Adam Bates It's important to understand the problem and its history. Between 10,000 and 12,000 people are killed in gun crimes each year in the United States. That figure is at once unacceptably high and historically low. The U.S. murder rate remains too high, but the public seems largely unaware that the murder rate has been falling steadily for decades. The murder rate in 2014 was half what it was in 1994. So we're doing something right, and there is little evidence that stricter gun laws are responsible.
NEWS
April 27, 2016
By Chelsea Parsons I propose to start this conversation with a few key facts: 33,000 people are killed with guns in the United States every year. An additional 84,000 suffer nonfatal gunshot injuries. Compared with their respective peers in other high-income countries, women in America are 11 times more likely to be murdered with a gun, and children in the United States are 16 times more likely to be killed in an unintentional shooting. Communities of color are hit particularly hard by gun violence: African American men make up more than half of all gun murder victims in this country.
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