House committee on Philadelphia crime hears stories of loss from gun violence survivors
Dominic Billa was buying clothes for an interview for a union apprenticeship when he was shot and killed in a brawl at a Philadelphia shopping mall last year. Before her 19-year-old son was murdered, Nakisha Billa said she heard almost daily news reports of shootings and murders in the state’s biggest city, and prayed, thinking […]
As Philly grapples with gun violence, libraries look to become a safe space for city youth
The city's Rebuild program is working to improve and renovate libraries across Philadelphia.
GOP lawmakers introduce mandatory minimum for illegal firearms | Five for the Weekend
Republican state Reps. Frank Farry and Kathleen "K.C." Tomlinson joined law enforcement officials in Bensalem Township on Friday to announce the new legislation.
Wolf, Philadelphia lawmakers announce more than $100M for violence prevention grants
At a Philadelphia playground in a neighborhood marred by gun violence, Gov. Tom Wolf announced more than $100 million in funding for two grant programs to fund efforts to prevent violence before it begins. The grants are part of a record funding package for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which will administer the […]
Tougher federal rules crack down on ghost guns in Pa., nationwide | Friday Morning Coffee
'Gun deaths are at an all-time high across the nation and right here in Pennsylvania,' Gov. Tom Wolf said.
‘It all takes a toll’: Pa. Democrats examine secondary impacts of gun violence
Sen. Tim Kearney, D-Delaware, described the speakers’ remarks as “sobering,” as they outlined how the gun violence epidemic has affected communities, the physical and emotional toll of gun violence, and solutions to combat the crisis.
Gun violence surges in Philadelphia despite recent efforts to tame it
The city’s murder rate appears to be on pace to match or exceed last year’s totals, recent data show.
Philadelphia youth call for tighter firearms restrictions, increased funding to combat gun violence
Proms, not funerals. Essays, not eulogies. Books, not obituaries. Kids, not guns. Those were just one of the messages on a dozen of hand-drawn signs as a group of more than 30 Philadelphia kids and teens gathered in the Capitol on Monday afternoon, urging Pennsylvania lawmakers to take action against gun violence across the state.
Mastriano’s plan to arm teachers is the ultimate madness | Lloyd E. Sheaffer
Teachers are already leaving the profession in waves. This will only hasten the exodus.
Militant white identity politics on full display in GOP political ads featuring guns | Opinion
Candidates are increasingly making these appeals appear more militant in their culture war against ideas and politicians they oppose.
U.S. House panel presses gun makers to testify before Congress
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., requested that all three CEOs respond by Friday if they will testify on the hearing set for July 20.
House adopts resolution to investigate Philly DA Krasner over objections of city lawmakers
Over the fiery objections of Philadelphia lawmakers, the state House adopted a resolution to investigate Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.