April 5, 2014 |
On Sunday morning, strengthen your limbs while supporting a good cause - opposing illegal handguns in Philadelphia - at PSR Philadelphia's (Physicians for Social Responsibility) eighth annual Legs Against Arms 5K and 1-Mile Fun Walk at Arcadia University. Registration begins at 7:30 and the race begins at 9. Youths 12 and younger can run the 5K or participate in the 1-mile walk for free. The race, in collaboration with the Celebration of Peace program, will feature an exhibit hosted by community organizations and student groups at 9:30 inside Arcadia's Commons Building.
April 4, 2014 |
A PHILADELPHIA police officer was arrested yesterday for an off-duty incident last fall in which he allegedly drove into a pedestrian - and then threatened to kill the man, shouting a racial slur at him and flashing his gun. Officer Edward Sawicki III, 33, surrendered to police yesterday morning. He faces charges including terroristic threats, simple assault, possession of an instrument of crime, harassment and disorderly conduct. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey suspended Sawicki for 30 days, with intent to dismiss the nine-year veteran officer, who was most recently assigned to North Philly's rough-and-tumble 25th District.
April 1, 2014 |
IN A YEAR when we will elect a governor, it is worth asking: Does Pennsylvania have a comprehensive initiative to reduce gun violence in all of the state's major cities? Places like Chester, York, Reading and Allentown? Would Pennsylvania stand behind a strategy that has shown that violence can be dramatically reduced when community members and law enforcement join together to directly engage violent street groups and clearly communicate a message against violence? Focused Deterrence is a proven and comprehensive gun-violence reduction strategy developed by criminologist David Kennedy, of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and we believe that it should be a component in the state's overall public-safety policy.
March 24, 2014 |
TWO YOUNG MEN were shot dead on the streets of Southwest Philadelphia a few blocks away from each other on a cold Friday in January. They died minutes apart. "This is insane," City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson recalled thinking when he heard the news. The deaths of Jahmeer Jett and Benjamin Collier on Jan. 17 prompted community leaders from the area to reach out to Johnson to discuss the ongoing problem of youth and guns that plagues their neighborhoods, he said. Johnson, who had already established a gun task force in South Philadelphia, decided to spin off the idea in Southwest.
March 18, 2014 |
THE SOUTH PHILLY home of homicide victim Amber Long was the backdrop yesterday for a rally to end gun violence. About 20 members of the advocacy group Heeding God's Call and a handful of other local activists staged the rally on Ritner Street near Bouvier. It included Philadelphia choir the Healing Presence Singers and remarks by Long's neighbor Gene Foschini. "First time I met her, she gave me a big hug when she came to look at the apartment," Foschini told the crowd. "I loved her. She was a great girl.
March 18, 2014 |
Under gray skies, the Healing Presence Singers performed Sunday at the corner of Ritner and Colorado Streets in South Philadelphia. Their voices were raised in song to remind a city about a killing it won't soon forget, and to protest gun violence. They gathered, about two dozen in all, outside what had been the plant-filled apartment of Amber Long. The 26-year-old architect was shot and killed Jan. 19 across town on the 900 block of North Front Street in Northern Liberties during a purse snatching.
March 17, 2014 |
TRENTON As Senate President Stephen Sweeney seeks to strengthen his credibility among liberal voters by backing a proposal to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines, he also has set in motion political tests of Gov. Christie's conservative credentials and of gun-rights groups' influence in the aftermath of the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school. Sweeney, a Democrat, last year blocked the Assembly-backed bill, which would reduce the legal capacity of magazines from 15 rounds to 10. His district - which includes rural parts of Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland Counties - has a sizable constituency of gun owners and is generally more conservative than those represented by some of his fellow Democrats.
March 15, 2014 |
TRENTON The emotionally charged rhetoric that dominates the national conversation on gun control returned to New Jersey's capital Thursday, as supporters and opponents of a proposed restriction on magazine ammunition capacity debated the causes - and at times the facts - of some of the country's worst episodes of violence. To gun-rights advocates, the legislation at best represented a misguided attempt to stem violence that would only embolden criminals at the expense of law-abiding citizens.
February 26, 2014 |
TRENTON New Jersey Democrats on Monday proposed legislation that would limit the ammunition capacity of gun magazines, 14 months after a massacre at a Connecticut elementary school revived a national debate about the role of guns in America. The bill, announced by the Legislature's Democratic leadership at a Statehouse news conference with parents of children slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, would reduce magazine capacity to 10 rounds, from 15. It also would ban semiautomatic rifles with fixed-magazine capacities that exceed 10 rounds.
February 23, 2014 |
A bill is to be introduced next week in the New Jersey Legislature that would restrict gun magazine capacity, setting up a possible fight with Gov. Christie and gun-rights groups. A group of lawmakers is scheduled to announce the measure Monday alongside family members of schoolchildren who were fatally shot in 2012 at an elementary school in Sandy Hook, Conn. The bill would reduce magazine capacity to 10 from 15. The Assembly passed a similar bill last year, but Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester)