June 10, 2013
Legacy of Penn State plight As an interested Penn Stater, I take issue with assertions made by Penn State trustee Keith Eckel ("At Penn State, many changes," June 5). Eckel reports that there is a constituency that has resorted "to personal attacks and misinformation to cloud the issues and distort reality. " The reality is that this board of trustees badly mishandled the response to the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal and refuses to repair the resulting damage. Behind closed doors, a select few board members allowed the NCAA to issue heavy sanctions and waived their own right to a proper investigation.
June 5, 2013
By Pamela Lampitt Most New Jerseyans agree: It is absolutely critical to keep individuals suffering from serious mental illness from purchasing firearms. Stopping individuals with potentially dangerous mental illness from obtaining weapons is not just common sense; it is indispensable to protecting our communities from gun violence. But a glaring loophole in state law permits people with serious mental illnesses to easily pass through the background-check system and purchase firearms.
June 2, 2013 |
Stacie Dawson has a chance to become a first in Pennsylvania criminal history. Under the new "Brad Fox Law," named for a fallen Plymouth Township police officer, the 21-year-old Chester woman could end up spending the next five years behind bars. The law, which went into effect in the fall, is aimed at toughening penalties for those who purchase guns for convicted felons. Dawson, charged Thursday, could become the first sentenced. In September, Fox was killed in the line of duty while pursuing a hit-and-run suspect who had illegally purchased guns from another individual.
June 1, 2013 |
TRENTON - New Jersey has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, and they are likely to get tougher still. The state Senate on Thursday gave final passage to a bill banning the sale of .50-caliber rifles, high-powered weapons that are accurate to more than one mile and popular with some firearms enthusiasts. The measure was included in a package of gun measures crafted by Senate Democrats after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14. It passed largely along party lines.
May 29, 2013 |
Essam "Sam" Rabadi had worked only a few years for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms in the 1990s when he caught a made-for-TV kind of case. Four teens had shot and paralyzed a Brooklyn jeweler in a $200,000 smash-and-grab heist. But they were sloppy, leaving a gun in a car blocks from the scene. Rabadi and a New York City detective traced the gun to its buyer, a McDonald's manager in Baltimore. After hours of questioning, the manager caved and gave up David Gregory, to whom he had passed the gun. Gregory, investigators learned, was a criminal maestro, recruiting teens in Baltimore and New York and dispatching them to commit robberies in the two cities, then trading the loot for heroin.
May 19, 2013 |
Raul Ortiz is going to be honest: When he wrote a letter to the vice president of the United States about gun violence, he didn't expect a response. "He has a lot of things to do," Raul, 9, said. But on Friday, Raul and his third-grade classmates at Julia deBurgos School in Fairhill found themselves having their frank, poignant, well-crafted missives become a subject of the White House audio series "Being Biden. " In the series, available online at www.whitehouse.gov/being-biden , Vice President Biden uses photos and audio to describe "where he was, why it matters to him, and how the experience fits into the broader narrative of this administration.
May 17, 2013 |
I HAD a very good Mother's Day weekend. I got some unexpected presents and spent time with my husband and kids, my parents and my grandmother. But I also spent important time with some mothers who are not as lucky, who no longer have their kids to celebrate with. I stood with these mothers, who lost their children to gun violence, as well as with survivors of gun violence, and called for change that will spare others the tragedies they have suffered. Together we sent a clear message: We are not going away; we are here for the long haul.
May 15, 2013 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie will get his first chance to change state gun laws after the Senate granted final approval Monday to several bills. A handful of measures aimed at reducing gun violence passed both Democratic chambers with bipartisan support, including a bill that requires state authorities to report certain mental-health records to the federal background-check database. That bill passed the Senate, 36-1, Monday. State and federal laws already ban gun ownership for those who have been involuntarily committed for mental-health treatment.