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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.
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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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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 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.)
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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.
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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.
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