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April 27, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, STAFF WRITER
With 24 hours left until the polls close in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton took the stage inside City Hall's courtyard Monday night to garner voter support. "The goal here is to make sure we have a Democrat in the White House next year," Clinton told the crowd of 1,300 who were waving signs and clapping throughout her 20-minute speech. She went on to tell the crowd why she should be the next Democrat president. She spoke of the need for early childhood education and making college affordable.
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.
NEWS
April 24, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman and Patricia Madej, STAFF WRITERS
Donald Trump is coming to West Chester on Monday. His planned rally at West Chester University is the latest to be scheduled in a wave of presidential campaign events in the state in the run-up to Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary. It's a busy weekend, too. On Saturday: Former President Bill Clinton is to stump for his wife, Hillary, appearing on the Democratic front-runner's behalf in Swarthmore and Ambler.  He will speak Saturday morning at Swarthmore Rutledge School, 100 College Ave., in Swarthmore . The event begins at 11:30 a.m. (Doors open at 10:30 a.m.)
NEWS
April 23, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
A gun that looks like a cellphone? Not a smart idea, officials said Wednesday. Already wary of the amount of gun violence in Philadelphia and across the state, U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D., Pa.) and Police Commissioner Richard Ross are among those urging the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to ban a handgun designed to look like a smartphone. Dubbed the "Ideal Conceal," the weapon, as described on its website, is a double-barrel .380-caliber handgun that "will easily blend in with today's environment" and is "virtually undetectable because it hides in plain sight.
NEWS
April 19, 2016
Anti-gun-violence group backs Sestak The three Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania - Katie McGinty, John Fetterman, and Joe Sestak - have similar positions on gun safety and violence prevention, but the Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence feels that Sestak has the edge in experience and ability to win the general election. As a former Navy admiral, Sestak understands firearms and their dangers. In his two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, he supported four gun bills, including the assault weapons ban. And he was instrumental in closing a pawn shop in the Seventh Congressional District that did not follow safe practices in reselling used guns.
NEWS
April 18, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, POLITICS WRITER
The Voice of God tells us that Hillary Clinton gets it. She has internalized the civil rights struggle of our time. "She says their names . . . and makes their mothers' fight for justice her own," intones Morgan Freeman, cast often as the Almighty during his acting career, in a 30-second TV ad airing last week in the Philadelphia market for Clinton's presidential campaign. Between those lines, Freeman and Clinton recite a partial litany of African Americans felled by gun violence and police misconduct: Trayvon Martin.
NEWS
April 12, 2016
I CAN'T understand why our political leaders are not going into the city's areas of concern to discuss gun issues with young people. I'm sure they will find answers such as no jobs, lack of leadership and a host of other issues. You can't solve problems unless you go to the source. Once these issues are found, only then will we be able to change things. With all the new construction being planned and currently taking place in our city, Council members should be demanding that young people be accepted into a apprentice program in their district to give them a skill that will help them with some direction.
NEWS
April 4, 2016
ISSUE | GUN VIOLENCE Clamp down on illegally obtained weapons Kudos to City Councilmen Kenyatta Johnson and Curtis Jones Jr. for conducting a public hearing on how to deal with the epidemic of gun violence ("Protecting young men," Tuesday). However, programs to help young men find alternatives to violence should be complemented by laws that make it difficult to obtain a gun illegally. Laws outlawing straw purchases must be vigorously enforced. In addition, we must support legislation that would limit the number of handguns that can be bought to one a month, require the reporting of lost and stolen guns, and improve background checks.
NEWS
March 30, 2016 | By Jack Tomczuk, Staff Writer
The gunmen lodged three bullets in Jayvon Mitchell-Pendleton's body on the evening of March 2 in North Philadelphia. The 20-year-old died a few hours later at Temple University Hospital. Several days later, police charged Nasir McNamee, 15, and Khalil Davenport, 20, with Mitchell-Pendleton's murder. Both live only blocks away from the victim's home. It's become a common story in the city: boys and young men shooting other young men, often in retaliation for previous incidents.
NEWS
March 30, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
NONE OF us had any business being inside City Council chambers Monday. Not the politicians seeking a strategy to reduce gun violence, sincere as they are. Not the directors of this program or the president of that program, who inevitably said they needed more money to do what they do. Some do. Others need a good, hard look at their results before anyone forks over any more money. Not the cynical reporters - speaking mostly of myself - who sat through a marathon hearing on youth gun violence, jotting down the same old catchphrases about partnerships and programs and resources and services - and if anyone was feeling especially brave, the "epidemic" of violence.
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