July 4, 2014 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Wednesday vetoed a controversial bill that would have limited the capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, down from 15, and instead proposed a series of changes to New Jersey's mental-health laws. "Mass violence will not end by changing the number of bullets loaded into a gun," Christie said in his veto message. "It will end with a serious commitment to elevating our response to mental illness, a declaration that we will not let our discomfort with this disease threaten our children, our families, and our communities.
June 25, 2014 |
THE LAST TIME Monica Haynesworth saw her son Jameer, he was standing in her driveway, about to walk over to a friend's house. He had come home from seeing a movie, "Think Like a Man Too. " She reminded him to close the gate to their back yard, said goodnight to the 16-year-old and turned in for the night. That was about 10 p.m. Saturday, she said. An hour later, she was awoken by the sound of someone pounding at her door. "I knew something was wrong right away," Haynesworth said yesterday in her home on Franklin Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia.
June 23, 2014 |
DONTE WALKER, the teen arrested in January for smuggling a gun into a Philadelphia charter school before it was used to shoot two students, was sentenced yesterday to 6 to 23 months in jail followed by three years of probation. The ruling by Common Pleas Judge Michael Erdos calls for Walker, 19, to be paroled from jail on July 5 and requires him to perform 30 hours of community service for each year he is on probation. He pleaded guilty May 27 to carrying a firearm in public, possessing a weapon on school property and recklessly endangering another person.
June 23, 2014
With staccato bursts of horrifying news of mass shootings coming almost weekly, it's hard to fathom how the U.S. Supreme Court came within a vote of upending a cornerstone of federal gun-trafficking laws. Had one more justice joined the court's conservative bloc last week, it would have become possible for a straw buyer to purchase a firearm and hand it over to just about anybody. Thanks to a 5-4 ruling, though, such transactions will remain illegal - and for good reason. Even if everyone involved in a gun sale has the right to own a weapon, federal lawmakers and authorities understand the need to track gun ownership.
June 22, 2014 |
A former Delaware Valley Charter High School student was sentenced Friday to six to 23 months in prison for his role in January in the wounding of two students when a gun went off at the North Philadelphia school. Donte Walker, 19, had admitted getting the gun from a hiding spot and delivering it to a friend, who had the weapon when it discharged. Walker's sentence by Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Erdos was recommended by the prosecutor and the defense lawyer, who both described Walker as a promising young man who did not think through the consequences of what he did. Assistant District Attorney Paul Goldman said that the victims - each was wounded in the arm - are recovering, and that both knew and liked Walker and had forgiven him. Still, Erdos did not immediately parole the 19-year-old, who has been in custody since Jan. 20, as requested by defense lawyer Jack McMahon.
June 21, 2014
ISSUE | OVERDOSES Heroin proving more deadly than guns Inquirer coverage missed something very significant about heroin overdoses, which took more lives in Philadelphia in 2012 than guns: So many family members and friends of those who have overdosed on heroin feel robbed because they never even realized their loved one was having an issue until it was too late ("Heroin uptick: Is it a crisis?" June 18). This is one reason the media attention surrounding this issue has been invaluable: Parents are learning to recognize signs of drug abuse, people are noticing and talking about the issue, and those who love someone struggling with addiction can look around and see they are not alone.
June 13, 2014 |
PINEHURST, N.C. - In the absence of Tiger and in the twilight of Phil, this is what golf needs. It needs charisma. It needs star power. It needs beknickered Rickie Fowler, and heartbroken Rory McIlroy, and even golf dork Jordan Spieth. Any one of them could wind up holding the U.S. Open trophy on Sunday evening. Fowler finished at even-par 70, McIlroy at 1-over, Spieth at 1-under, all within hailing distance of leader Martin Kaymer, who sits at 5-under. Tiger Woods has missed his second consecutive major tournament because of back surgery, but, after winning 14 majors in 12 years, Woods' crumbling body hasn't mustered another major win in 6 years.
June 13, 2014 |
A BONNIE AND Clyde pair of armed bandits robbed two men and shot one of them outside a Far Northeast gun shop and shooting range last night, making off with seven stolen firearms and leaving the shooting victim critically wounded. Cops late last night were hunting for the duo, believed to have at least nine handguns. "We are now looking for two very dangerous individuals," Chief Inspector Scott Small said. "They are extremely dangerous and heavily armed suspects. " The dramatic events began shortly after 8:30 p.m., when police raced to the Delaware Valley Sports Center, on Geiger Road near Gantry in Bustleton, for a reported shooting, Small said.
June 8, 2014 |
Families worried about mentally unstable loved ones hurting themselves or others would be able to seek a court order to temporarily take firearms away under a bill introduced Thursday in the New Jersey Senate. "Families or a close friend are those who know best if someone has reached that point where they are mentally ill and violently prone," said Sen. Richard Codey (D., Essex), who introduced the bill. The proposal for a "gun violence restraining order" comes after six people were killed last month in California by Elliot Rodger, 22, who then fatally shot himself.
June 2, 2014 |
Three men were killed early Saturday in Philadelphia in separate shootings, police said. The first occurred about 12:30 a.m. in a bar on the 2000 block of Dennie Street in Nicetown. Officers found a man inside, shot once in his back near his left shoulder. The victim was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just before 1 a.m. Police did not release his name, or those of the other victims, pending notification of family. Another man was shot once in the chest just before 1 a.m. on the 600 block of Spring Garden Street, on the edge of Northern Liberties.