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June 1, 2013 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
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June 1, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 29, 2013 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 19, 2013 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 19, 2013
Reserving a larger defense role The current guidance from the Defense Department is that the United States will no longer conduct long-term stability operations, despite 50 years of doing so in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Vietnam, and Korea. Presently, we are said to be "pivoting" to the Pacific Rim, needing to maintain a large military presence to defend that area. Given our precarious economy and exploding debt, the nation must find a way to provide an adequate land force at a sustainable cost.
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May 17, 2013 | BY SHIRA GOODMAN
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.
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May 15, 2013 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
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May 14, 2013 | By E. J. Dionne, For The Inquirer
Public officials are very selective about when violence and death matter. Massacres and terrorist incidents cannot be ignored, but the day-to-day toll from gun violence is often swept aside. Politicians who tout themselves as advocates of law and order don't want to be unmasked as caring even more about their ratings from gun lobbyists. And opponents of the most moderate gun reforms engage in a shameless game of bait-and-switch. Because measures such as background checks would not stop every murder, they're declared useless even though they'd still save lives.
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May 14, 2013
THIS IS GOING to surprise almost all of you. America is nearly as safe as your mother's arms. Violent crime has dropped by 50 percent since 1993, and gun homicide is down the same - 3.2 gun deaths per 100,000 Americans in 2011, contrasted with 6.6 in 1993, according to FBI statistics. There were actually more gun suicides (18,735) than homicides (11,493) in 2009, the last year reported. We are living in the safest times since the 1960s - and the plummeting gun-murder rate happened without new federal gun-control laws.
NEWS
May 14, 2013
By Julie Stewart and Pat Nolan Faced with an intolerable level of gun violence in Philadelphia, many legislators feel an urgency to do something to fix the problem. But the new mandatory prison sentences for illegally carrying a gun in the city are not the answer. The bills, introduced by State Sen. Lawrence Farnese (D., Phila.) and State Rep. John Taylor (R., Phila.), would impose a two-year minimum prison sentence on individuals caught in the city with a gun that did not belong to them.
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