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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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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.
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.
NEWS
June 16, 2016 | By John Baer
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.
NEWS
June 16, 2016
By Jeremi Suri Terrorism on American soil is not new. Nor are crimes of hate. Since at least the 19th century, politically motivated citizens have used violence to kill for a purpose. What makes the horrible massacre in Orlando stand out is its connection to a more recent phenomenon - the murder of large numbers by a single attacker. Even though gun ownership has always been widespread in American society, premeditated murder of innocent mass crowds has only become common during the past 20 or so years.
NEWS
June 15, 2016
By Sally Friedman On Sunday, in my usual morning stupor, I shuffled into the kitchen, turned on the coffee, flipped on the TV, and heard something ominous about a mass shooting. My instant thought was that our 19-year-old grandson was in Israel, thousands of miles from his Merion home, and that this might have something to do with him. Israel is a country where too much unrest explodes too frequently. "Dear God, let him be fine!" I begged, my heart beating wildly. And then I began hearing the details.
NEWS
June 14, 2016
I WOKE UP, like everyone else, to tragedy Sunday morning. We use that word reflexively when something involving guns and innocent people and specific "phobias" are involved. There's no other word, although the media might call it "breaking news" and "ratings bonanza. " Five minutes into my bleary-eyed view of the CNN reports, I already saw how this would go. First, there would be a wringing of hands about guns. Then, or perhaps even simultaneously, there would be attempts to identify a motive.
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June 3, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
I'M TRYING hard not to be cynical about National Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 2. To mark the occasion, people are encouraged to #WearOrange. It actually has an inspiring backstory, according to the press surrounding the campaign. In 2013, some friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a South Side Chicago student who was murdered, asked classmates to honor her by wearing orange. The students inspired the Wear Orange campaign (wearorange.org), working to reduce gun violence in the U.S. Obviously a work in progress.
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May 29, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, STAFF WRITER
NEWARK, Del. - It wasn't real blood that spattered on the shoes of a girl in the front row, but some of the kids shrieked a little anyway. Shrieked, and giggled a bit, too. But not for long. "Get that tube in!" a doctor shouted. "He's losing a lot of blood!" Leaning forward in their seats, students from George Read Middle School in New Castle, Del., craned their necks for a better look. This was a simulated emergency performed by staff at Christiana Hospital, but the youngsters knew it was based on the story of a real gunshot victim.
NEWS
May 27, 2016
OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, our front porches, are staring down the barrel of a gun. Memorial Day weekend approaches, and so does the warm weather that usually brings increased gun violence. By Thursday afternoon, Philadelphia had clocked 445 shootings, 24 percent higher than the 358 recorded this time last year. How do you prepare when escape is not an option? How do you carry on when you can see the chaos coming straight at you and your loved ones? "Let's take a walk," Denise Carey says when I stop by the West Mill Creek Recreation Center in West Philly.
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