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April 25, 2008
IF PEOPLE put as much effort into stopping violence on the streets of Philadelphia as they do into things like arguing over politics and minding celebrity lifestyles, the city would be on its way to peaceful living. As a public high-school student, every day I wonder if I'll make it safely through the day. Jennifer Smith, Philadelphia
NEWS
September 7, 2006
Even as two faces now gaze out from a wall of Benjamin Franklin High School, last-minute work needs to be done for the All Join Hands: Visions of Peace project. On Saturday, you have one last chance to join this antiviolence project. About a year has passed since residents from throughout the region began work on the mural. It is rising on the long wall of the school, located at Broad and Spring Garden Streets. The mural's mission: to remind its viewers of the high cost of violence and the high hopes for a safer future.
NEWS
December 22, 1990
It should come as no surprise, but a study of young children has confirmed that physical abuse at home is more strongly linked to later aggressive behavior than such factors as poverty, divorce or marital violence. In other words, as often as not, violent people learned to be that way because as kids, they were the victims of violence. Sparing the rod needn't spoil the child if effective alternative discipline is applied, and it could help a kid develop into an adult who doesn't misbehave.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 1995 | Inquirer staff reviews and synopses, compiled by Christopher Cornell
Intensity is the order of the day. The top three new movies on video this week offer both intense drama and intense comedy. NATURAL BORN KILLERS 1/2 (1994) (Warner) 119 minutes. Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones. Love it or hate it, you have to see director Oliver Stone's sort-of satire about violence and the media and how they have blood-soaked our culture. This trippy tale of gun- crazy lovers on the lam is like channel-surfing through hell - and every station has a laugh track.
NEWS
October 17, 1994 | ANDREA MIHALIK / DAILY NEWS
Children carry lighted candles during a procession yesterday at St. Carthage Roman Catholic Church, 63rd Street and Cedar Avenue, to honor 54 children killed by violence last year. The observance marks the beginning of the third annual Children's Sabbath, a month-long interfaith observance across the nation, aimed at raising awareness of the extent of violence in children's lives.
NEWS
July 31, 1987 | Los Angeles Daily News
The trouble on California roadways escalated yesterday with two law officers becoming targets of random violence, which included a new round of shootings, rock-throwing and at least two reports of motorists pointing guns at cars. The latest round of violence came despite stepped-up patrols of freeways by officers from all 48 municipal police departments within Los Angeles County.
NEWS
December 7, 1994 | BY SYLVESTER F. HENRY JR
We all are saddened when we hear of a child murdered or victimized by violence. We are even more saddened when the perpetrators are also children. We ask ourselves, why are the children of today so violent? People blame the inner city, or poverty, or a single-parent household, or lack of a male role model or the easy access to guns. But that doesn't explain why violence affects suburban communities where both parents are present and the poverty does not exist. The primary factor is the attitude of adults toward violence.
NEWS
July 23, 1986
There's something wrong with people who consider pornography, even as mild as Playboy, to be more conducive to violence than movies on television today. Even children can watch acts of violence any time of day. I doubt that reasonably sane adults well past their formative years will be brainwashed into committing sex crimes after prolonged exposure to sexually explicit material. After all, members of the Meese commission viewed a lot of pornography before releasing their report.
NEWS
January 8, 1993 | SUSAN WINTERS/ DAILY NEWS
Simon Gratz High student Brian Samuels listens to Temple basketball coach John Chaney at a school assembly yesterday. Chaney and other local figures, such as former Eagle Mike Quick, school board president Rotan Lee, Cheyney basketball coach Keith Johnson and Wilmington, Del., Councilman Ted Blunt, came as part of Project PAVE, a program founded by community sports figure Sonny Hill and Schools Superintendent Dr. Constance Clayton to address growing...
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May 8, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Authorities are searching for the gunman who killed a Camden man Thursday in front of his family outside a funeral home as his grandmother's memorial service was taking place. Witnesses told police that a man walked up to Jonathan Vazquez, 22, about 6:30 p.m. and fired at him multiple times, setting off chaos in front of the May Funeral Home on South Fourth Street in the city's Bergen Square section. Police found people screaming and crying, and Vazquez bleeding on the ground. He was pronounced dead at Cooper University Hospital minutes later.
NEWS
April 27, 2016
By Chelsea Parsons I propose to start this conversation with a few key facts: 33,000 people are killed with guns in the United States every year. An additional 84,000 suffer nonfatal gunshot injuries. Compared with their respective peers in other high-income countries, women in America are 11 times more likely to be murdered with a gun, and children in the United States are 16 times more likely to be killed in an unintentional shooting. Communities of color are hit particularly hard by gun violence: African American men make up more than half of all gun murder victims in this country.
NEWS
April 27, 2016
By Adam Bates It's important to understand the problem and its history. Between 10,000 and 12,000 people are killed in gun crimes each year in the United States. That figure is at once unacceptably high and historically low. The U.S. murder rate remains too high, but the public seems largely unaware that the murder rate has been falling steadily for decades. The murder rate in 2014 was half what it was in 1994. So we're doing something right, and there is little evidence that stricter gun laws are responsible.
NEWS
April 22, 2016
By Jonathan Blanks Police play a unique role in the community. They possess the awesome power to use violence against an individual to maintain public peace and safety. How police use that power - and how some officers sometimes abuse it - is in the public interest to know. But the Pennsylvania legislature might make it harder to track incidents of potential abuse by officers and, in doing so, may undermine the public's trust in the police who serve it. In November, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved House Bill 1538, which would prevent government officials from releasing the names of officers under investigation for on-duty shootings or uses of force that do not result in criminal charges against the officers.
NEWS
April 19, 2016
Anti-gun-violence group backs Sestak The three Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania - Katie McGinty, John Fetterman, and Joe Sestak - have similar positions on gun safety and violence prevention, but the Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence feels that Sestak has the edge in experience and ability to win the general election. As a former Navy admiral, Sestak understands firearms and their dangers. In his two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, he supported four gun bills, including the assault weapons ban. And he was instrumental in closing a pawn shop in the Seventh Congressional District that did not follow safe practices in reselling used guns.
NEWS
April 16, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
The members of North Philadelphia's Tenth and Thompson Street gang were proud, tattooing themselves with the letters "TNT" or wearing clothing that showed they belonged. So when a TNT member felt disrespected by a rival group while watching an NBA game at a North Philadelphia bar in February 2014, prosecutors said, the rest of the TNT gang apparently saw only one way to respond. "Warfare," said District Attorney Seth Williams. Over the next five months, 15 members of the TNT gang allegedly wreaked havoc around their home turf - participating in nine shootings, including one homicide, all targeting the rival "Dirty Block gang" in retribution for the slight at the bar, Williams said.
NEWS
April 12, 2016
I CAN'T understand why our political leaders are not going into the city's areas of concern to discuss gun issues with young people. I'm sure they will find answers such as no jobs, lack of leadership and a host of other issues. You can't solve problems unless you go to the source. Once these issues are found, only then will we be able to change things. With all the new construction being planned and currently taking place in our city, Council members should be demanding that young people be accepted into a apprentice program in their district to give them a skill that will help them with some direction.
NEWS
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ISSUE | ABORTION They're medical clinics Please stop referring to the targets of violence as abortion clinics ("Threats, violence were up at abortion clinics in 2015," Wednesday). These are medical clinics that offer women services that include the legal procedure of terminating a pregnancy. |Marie Conn, Hatboro, mconn56@yahoo.com
NEWS
March 30, 2016
The suicide bombing in the city of Lahore on Easter underscores how Pakistan's Christian minority has become an easy target for the country's Islamic militants, although Muslims also were among the victims. There are barely 2.5 million Christians in the mostly Muslim country of 180 million, and they say they worry about sending their children out and rarely feel safe even in church. A look at the Christian community in Pakistan: Nature of the Violence In predominantly Christian neighborhoods, radical Muslims have carried out attacks based on trumped-up charges of blasphemy, which is punishable by death.
NEWS
March 30, 2016 | By Jack Tomczuk, Staff Writer
The gunmen lodged three bullets in Jayvon Mitchell-Pendleton's body on the evening of March 2 in North Philadelphia. The 20-year-old died a few hours later at Temple University Hospital. Several days later, police charged Nasir McNamee, 15, and Khalil Davenport, 20, with Mitchell-Pendleton's murder. Both live only blocks away from the victim's home. It's become a common story in the city: boys and young men shooting other young men, often in retaliation for previous incidents.
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