May 3, 2013 |
SANDY HOOK, N.J. - One of New Jersey's most popular swimming and fishing areas is back in business little more than six months after sustaining serious damage from Hurricane Sandy. The Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook opened Wednesday morning to accommodate anglers. Sandy Hook is a prime spot for bluefish and striped bass in the spring, and fishermen landed several large bass on Wednesday. Students from Lacey Township were in the first group to see the park after it reopened.
April 18, 2013 |
Jim Price, 55, of Moorestown, who ran the Boston Marathon on Monday in 2 hours, 54 minutes, loves the big-city races precisely because of the energy he feels from the crowds. He wonders if Monday's terrorist attack at the finish, killing three and injuring more than 170, will discourage spectators from coming to races such as next month's Broad Street Run. "If this has an impact on those fans, it's really going to hurt those events," he said. "I've viewed . . . 26 miles as hard enough, and I don't have a desire to run that far along empty streets.
April 17, 2013 |
The heroic role played by the families of the Sandy Hook massacre's victims should not be used to create what would be a dangerously misleading narrative about how they changed the politics of guns. The importance of last Thursday's 68-31 vote in the Senate to proceed with debate on a bill to curb gun violence cannot be understated, and the testimonies from the citizens of Newtown were vital to that victory. To say this is not to deny that many fights loom ahead. This was a vote to debate, not to pass, a bill - and the House could prove an even larger obstacle to change than the Senate.
April 3, 2013 |
NEWINGTON, Conn. - Customers packed gun stores around Connecticut on Tuesday ahead of a vote expected to bring sweeping changes to the state's gun-control laws. Among the changes would be a ban on the sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown shooting and a new classification for more than 100 types of guns as banned assault weapons. Lawmakers have touted the legislation, expected to pass the General Assembly on Wednesday, as the toughest in the country.
March 27, 2013 |
Apparently, there will be no ban on assault weapons. Never mind that Adam Lanza used a Bushmaster AR-15 assault-type rifle to rip apart the bodies of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Forget the fact that James E. Holmes, the alleged Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooter, fired, among other weapons, an AR-15. Nor does it seem to make any difference that Jared Loughner - the man who shot Gabby Giffords and killed six others, including a 9-year-old girl - used a high-capacity magazine that the Clinton-era assault-weapons ban rendered illegal.
February 12, 2013 |
Deaths from gun violence in America produce "a Sandy Hook-plus" every day, Vice President Biden said Monday after meeting in Philadelphia with regional law enforcement and elected officials at a gun policy roundtable. The reference was to the 20 children and six educators killed Dec. 14 in the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Biden, in town to promote the Obama administration's gun proposals, had it about right: At roughly 11,000 homicides by firearm a year nationwide, the carnage works out to about 30 deaths a day. He said Monday morning's breaking news - a double homicide in a courthouse in Biden's home state of Delaware - underscored what he called the "urgent" need for "commonsense" regulation of gun sales.
February 7, 2013 |
New Jerseyans' concern about gun violence has fallen slightly as the two-month anniversary of the shooting in Newtown, Conn., approaches next week, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. The number of respondents who were "very concerned" about the amount of gun violence in the United States fell to 69 percent, from 77 percent in a similar December poll. Rutgers University's Eagleton Institute of Politics surveyed adults in New Jersey by phone from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3. The results of the new poll, which had 796 respondents, have a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.
January 29, 2013
SO MANY New Yorkers are migrating to Philadelphia that our town has affectionately become known as the city's sixth borough. And in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings, there have been moments in which we'd love to make it official so that Mario Cuomo could be our governor, instead of Tom Corbett. Last week, Cuomo responded to the assassination of 20 children and six adults in Sandy Hook by making a passionate speech and signing into law the toughest gun measures in the country.
January 25, 2013 |
Philadelphia's pension board voted unanimously Thursday to ask all the gun manufacturers, distributors, and retailers with which it has invested $15 million in city pension money to adopt a set of eight "Sandy Hook Principles" designed to reduce gun violence. The board established procedures to track compliance, and committed the pension system to dump gun-related investments within 15 months if the companies fail to comply. Among other items, the city wants the companies to support a federal system requiring background checks on all gun and ammunition sales and transfers; sales and possession restrictions to keep guns away from children, criminals and those with mental health issues; and a pledge to "reevaluate policies on sale, production, design or conversion of military-style assault weapons for use by civilians.
January 16, 2013 |
School shootings have nearly become an American commonplace - always awful but no longer remarkable. Commentators labeled the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., unimaginable, but history tells us such brutality has become quite conceivable. In one infamously similar instance, a milk-truck driver bound and shot 10 Amish girls, killing five, in the one-room West Nickel Mines School in Lancaster County on Oct. 2, 2006. Carl Charles Roberts IV then killed himself (as did Adam Lanza in Newtown)