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June 17, 2016 | By Steve & Mia
Q: My husband and I have a sometimes volatile relationship. Nothing major, but there have been times when we were drinking that things got out of hand. He recently purchased a pistol for self-protection. He keeps it locked away, but it makes me crazy just knowing it's in the house. It's not like I think he would actually use it, but when we argue, the fact that it's here is in the back of my mind. We have been going back and forth on this and getting nowhere. Mia: Your problems are bigger than that gun, girlfriend.
NEWS
June 17, 2016
CHRISTINE FLOWERS wrote in the wake of the Orlando shootings: "What happened to the days when deaths were mourned, and fingers pointed afterwards when the heat of anger and despair had cooled to the equally painful but more manageable state of sad clarity?" OK, ma'am, pray tell. When is the right time to point fingers, investigate, question or assign blame? The day after? A week later? A month from now? Or the day before the next incident? Assuming your crystal ball is not too foggy.
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June 17, 2016 | By Ed Rendell
DEAR PAT, You know that we have had a good working relationship, and I believe you to be a decent and honorable man. In fact, you have used that quote in a campaign commercial. Now is the time for you to demonstrate that decency in what might take a strong dose of political courage, as well. I am sure you were as shocked and disgusted as we all were when you heard about the carnage that occurred in Orlando, Fla., in the early hours of Sunday morning. You probably watched, as I did, a news conference on Tuesday morning, when a governor, mayor, police chief, sheriff and FBI supervisor all said what a great job the first responders, police and medical personnel did. They all went on to say how the community has banded together in common grief with unprecedented unity.
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June 17, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer and Janaki Chadha, STAFF WRITERS
In recent decades, the LGBT community has mobilized for the AIDS crisis, the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," and same-sex marriage. In the wake of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, some are now urging their gay and lesbian brethren to galvanize around the issue of gun violence. Others say they may support the cause, but must remain focused on equality battles still being waged. "Gun safety has not been a major issue for the LGBT community, but now it must be," wrote Eric Sasson, a columnist for the website The Daily Good . His article calls for action on both the national and grassroots levels targeting politicians, companies, investment funds and universities that support gun rights, as well as companies that manufacture weapons.
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June 17, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
WHILE THE rest of us are mourning the horrific loss of life in Orlando, and trying to come up with actual solutions that might make our nation safer, gun fans are dancing in the streets over the fact that the high-capacity, semiautomatic, military-style rifle wielded by Omar Mateen was not built on the AR-15 platform. "Hey stupid. You got the wrong gun. It wasn't an AR-15. Get your facts straight you lib-hole," read one email in response to my column describing the seven minutes it took me to acquire an AR-15 rifle.
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June 17, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The debate on gun laws roiled national politics Wednesday, with Donald Trump suggesting that he might be open to a plan to bar suspected terrorists from buying firearms, Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) offering a plan to do just that, and Sen. Cory A. Booker of New Jersey helping lead a marathon Democratic push on the Senate floor demanding action. But amid a heated political season, a day that began with talk of compromise ended with signs that the Orlando shooting would wind up producing the same intractable and emotional divides that have characterized Congress' responses to previous massacres.
NEWS
June 17, 2016
By David Whiting While families prepare for 49 funerals in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shootings, our leaders and nation play blame games. But the tragedy in Florida isn't only about hot-button issues. It's also about mental health. The Orlando gunman's first wife says he was abusive and mentally unstable. His second wife confesses she tried to talk him out of the attack. Yet neither woman went to authorities. Had they done so in a state such as California, they could have employed a little-known new law to have authorities temporarily take away the shooter's guns.
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June 17, 2016 | By Pat Toomey
DEAR ED, Thank you for your kind words about me in your recent "open letter" in the Daily News. I have long enjoyed our good working relationship, and look forward to continuing it. In this time of extreme partisanship, it is very valuable for our state and our country to have mutual respect across the aisle, as you and I have shown is possible. On the critical issue of stopping gun violence, we share much common ground. As you noted, in 2013, I was proud to cross the aisle and join Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, to support an expansion of background checks to prevent more people with criminal histories and dangerous mental illnesses from obtaining guns.
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The only thing as predictable as America's gun violence, including mass shootings, is America's political rapid reaction, especially in an election year - calling for legal measures to save us from America's gun violence. If that sounds annoyingly repetitive, it's because it's like everything to do with this issue. The Orlando nightclub shootings early Sunday set off yet another national debate on guns, offering politicians at all levels yet another platform for themselves. So, no surprise, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty is calling out her Republican opponent, Sen. Pat Toomey, to do more to fight gun violence.
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June 15, 2016 | By Tom Ferrick Jr., Inquirer Columnist
There it was, the gun of my dreams. It was a sleek, black-and-silver Taurus PT-140 semiautomatic pistol with a 13-bullet clip. I had to have it. The only question was: How long would it take to get it into my hands? The answer: Not long at all, this being Pennsylvania, hog heaven for the pro-gun lobby. Other states - New Jersey comes to mind - will make you jump through hoops to get a handgun. Other states - Maryland is one - limit handgun purchases to one a month.
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