Tag Archives: mass shootings

Gun rights debate has two sides

Letter to editor from Tom Buglio, Daily Local News, 4/3/18

I read with interest the article entitled: “Gun Advocates: Don’t Pull the Trigger on Second Amendment.”

Two champions of gun rights were interviewed – John Lott, with his ‘Crime Prevention Research Center,’ and Kim Stolfer, who represents ‘Firearms Owners Against Crime’. Gun rights advocates push more guns in society as the answer to the gun violence problem in America. They declare ‘Gun Free Zones’ as a major reason for the spike in mass shootings. Conversely, John Lott argues that school shootings have been going down in frequency…How to square that circle?

Let’s look at the many falsehoods quoted in the article.

1. School Shootings Frequency — A report from John Lott’s CPRC: “Information on K12 and University Shooting Deaths: The number of deaths has been declining over time since 1992.”

Fact check: school shootings are going UP! …

keep reading at Daily Local News

Gun Sense Chester County calls for common ground on gun control

[N.b. CCDC’s position on this issue is: “The constitution gives Americans the right to own guns for self-defense, but government has the duty to protect its citizens from those who are irresponsible in their handling of firearms, who are mentally unfit to own guns, who would buy weapons capable of mass killing, or who incite or carry out violence against others.”]

By Bill Rettew, Jr., Daily Local News, 10/4/17

WESTTOWN >> In response to the recent Las Vegas shooting deaths of 59, and injuries to more than 500 concertgoers, Gun Sense Chester County met at West Minister Presbyterian Church on Tuesday to discuss reducing gun violence.

Gun Sense Chairperson Ann Colby-Cummings told about three dozen group members and the public that the organization is not anti-gun or in favor of a complete ban on guns, but is nonpartisan, volunteer-driven and designed to reduce gun violence.

Colby-Cummings talked specifically about the recent shooting from a Las Vegas hotel room onto the large crowd below at a country music festival.

“Life kind of took a turn for all of us,” she said. “Some of us have stepped away from the news a little bit.

“This is always out there — somewhere else — but current events have shown us that this is not the case. These things are all around us.”

Colby-Cummings noted that two Chester County residents were killed by guns during the past week and five have died since June.

The group supports lobbying lawmakers and establishing a dialogue concerning “common ground of core uses and policies” between both gun and non-gun owners, Colby-Cummings said….

keep reading at Daily Local News

Live Updates on the Attacks on Law Enforcement in Dallas, Texas

by Tanya Somanader, whitehouse.gov, 7/8/16

Here’s what we know about the attacks on law enforcement in the city of Dallas

“I speak for every single American when I say that we are horrified over these events, and that we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas … Let’s be clear: There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement.”
President Obama

As law enforcement continues to gather more information, here’s what we know: On the night of July 7, 2016, the police in Dallas who were keeping people safe during a peaceful protest were targeted. At least eleven officers were shot, five were killed, and others were injured — including two civilians. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings reported this morning that one shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

While in Warsaw, Poland for the NATO Summit, President Obama offered the following statement:

With your understanding, I want to begin with a few words about the situation back in the United States, specifically the situation in Dallas, Texas.

My team has been keeping me updated throughout the morning of the evening in Dallas. I spoke this morning with Mayor Rawlings of Dallas to convey the deepest condolences of the American people. I told him that the federal government will provide whatever assistance Dallas may need as it deals with this tremendous tragedy.

We still don’t know all the facts. What we do know is that there has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement. Police in Dallas were on duty, doing their jobs, keeping people safe during peaceful protests. …

keep reading and see video at whitehouse.gov

Tonight’s vigil

email from Josh Shapiro, Dem candidate for PA Attorney General, 6/13/16

I just came back from a moving candlelight vigil in Pittsburgh where people of all faiths and backgrounds came together in the wake of the devastating attack in Orlando.

We stood side by side — young and old, gay and straight, black and white, Jew, Christian and Muslim — and we drew strength from our diversity and showed that peace and understanding are stronger than hatred and fear.

In a season of rancor, it is vital we remember how brave it is to love in a time of loss. To our LGBT friends and family: be proud, be yourself — and know that we will stand with you, in times of both joy and sorrow.

We honor the memory of those killed in Orlando, pray for the speedy recovery of the survivors, and express our deepest gratitude to law enforcement and the first responders for the lives they saved.

– Josh