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NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Stu Bykofsky
I AM A "GUN NUT. " Why? Because I own more than one. I know that's what some of you think, because you have told me so, usually behind a screen name. I also have been told I must have a small penis and I am a coward. (Because I am "afraid" to be defenseless?) I'm not saying every gun hater has said it, but many have, and the undeniable hysteria on their part doesn't help their cause. I am not a member of the NRA, which doesn't speak for me. It doesn't even speak for a majority of its members when it comes to background checks.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2016 | By Julia M. Klein, For The Inquirer
With controversy over immigration, nativist tensions and gun violence dominating the news, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's elegant production of West Side Story has a ripped-from-the-headlines feel. Instead of a border wall, set designer Steven TenEyck's chain-link fence represents the ethnic divides and misunderstandings that will lead to tragedy. There's more foreshadowing in the blood-red color of the tenements in which Tony and Maria, the show's contemporary Romeo and Juliet, pledge their undying love.
NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A partisan divide on Monday blocked the four latest Senate proposals meant to curb gun violence, providing no change in the nation's gun laws but adding to this election year's political fodder. With the Orlando massacre still fresh, the stakes were particularly high in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race, where Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) has trumpeted his support for expanding background checks on gun buyers and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty has attacked him as failing to take real action.
NEWS
June 21, 2016 | By Lynne Honickman and Kathy Ruyak
GUN VIOLENCE pervades American life: What do we do besides scream? The mass shooting in Orlando was the kind of unbearable slaughter grown from 10 years of constant destruction and complacency that has born a continuous escalation of gun violence. Many people blame our government ("They're due their fair share"), many blame God ("God gave us 'free will' "), and many blame the NRA and its lobbyists, as well as the gun manufacturers (who don't seem to give a damn about the blessing of "life" and our responsibility for its endurance)
NEWS
June 21, 2016
ISSUE | GUN CONTROL Don't blame Second Amendment The Islamic State may encourage mass murders, but America is the great enabler. One need look no further than Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's 2008 opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller to find approval of gun laws and legal limits to the Second Amendment. Scalia wrote, "Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. " He agreed that it "was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.
NEWS
June 21, 2016 | By John Baer
SO NOW we have renewed focus on gun laws, a flurry of activity in Congress and national attention on Pat Toomey. Oh, and with Toomey in a serious re-election challenge, charges from opponent Katie McGinty that Toomey's on the wrong side of guns and/or pandering to make it look as if he's on the right side of guns - whatever that might be. Anyway, GOP Sen. Toomey's in the eye of the storm as the Senate's expected to take up gun measures he...
NEWS
June 20, 2016
Shira Goodman is executive director of CeasefirePA ( www.ceasefirepa.org ) Phil Goldsmith is a former president and current board member of CeasefirePA Aurora, Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, Orlando. The list is mind-boggling. Different locations, different shooters, different victims. But they share a common feature - a very specific type of gun, a semiautomatic rifle - a lethal weapon that can quickly unleash 75 to 100 rounds of ammunition. Talk about efficiency. These are efficient killing machines.
NEWS
June 18, 2016
Show of hands: Who really believes the murders of 49 adults celebrating Latino night at the self-described "hottest gay bar in Orlando" will give a Republican-controlled Congress any more incentive to pass significant gun control legislation than the murders of 26 children and staff at a Connecticut elementary school did four years ago? That's not to say Congress won't pass anything in light of the human toll Sunday at Pulse nightclub in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. But it's hard to expect much when the result of a 15-hour filibuster was an agreement to consider legislation that only touches the fringe of America's excess of guns and easy access to them.
NEWS
June 18, 2016 | By George Parry
In the wake of the Orlando nightclub atrocity, President Obama has admonished us to "do some soul-searching" about how "easy" it is in this country to obtain firearms. Just so. But if we are to do an honest examination of conscience, we must begin with the facts. Omar Mateen, the Orlando jihadist, slaughtered his victims with a Sig Sauer MCX rifle, an AR-15-style rifle, and a Glock handgun. Contrary to mainstream media hysteria, neither is a machine gun, a category of weapon that has been illegal to purchase or possess since 1934.
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