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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.
NEWS
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 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 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 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.
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