Dozens of portraits, all victims of violence, were a central feature of the observance at Broad Street Ministry. Ten were those of students gunned down at Sandy Hook last year.
In one week, the issue of who owns guns comes to the forefront again.
Francine Lobis Wheeler, a native of the Philadelphia suburbs, asked the Pa. House Judiciary Committee to subject the sale of long guns by private sellers to background checks.
About two dozen people, determined to make their voices heard, boarded a bus in North Philadelphia for the ride to Harrisburg.
The featured speaker at the rally was author and former US Army Ranger Sean Parnell (photo), who said the fight over gun rights is being waged not just in Congress but in state legislatures and courtrooms across the country.
Shira Goodman, executive director of CeaseFirePA, is disappointed the Toomey-Manchin amendment didn’t pass but says the fight for gun control laws will go on.
Solid majorities of Pennsylvania voters favor background checks for all gun purchases and national bans on the sale of assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The National Rifle Association and Wal-Mart, the largest gun retailer in the country, are set to meet with Vice President Biden today at the White House; all part of his gun violence task force. This comes a day after the Vice President met with gun control advocates.
Chris discusses yesterday’s budget address by Mayor Michael Nutter, Gov. Chris Christies spout with a Rutgers-Camden law student about the merging of two New Jersey colleges, and the lack of Senate votes needed for the Keystone Pipeline. Chris chats with Max Nacheman about firearm laws in PA, Steve Cordasco for Finance Friday about the rise in unemployment rates and Beasley Reece about which team in the NFL Peyton Manning will go to now that he is no longer a part of the Indianapolis Colts. Chris talks to Sarah Colonna in studio about her stand up show this weekend at Helium Comedy Club!
A study by the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C. now reveals the Homicide Victimization rate for African Americans in Pennsylvania is nearly six times the national overall homicide rate.