Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown, right, walks past a board showing the photos of suspected gunman Elliot Rodger and the weapons he used in Friday night’s mass shooting that took place in Isla Vista, Calif., after a news conference on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Santa Barbara, Calif. Sheriff’s officials say Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo | Jae C. Hong)
We acculturate our children in a culture of domestic violence. In playgrounds across the country this summer and into the following school year and those to come, little girls will learn that the boys who push them into the grass are the ones that like them. They will grow older and become teenage girls who accept the sting of a “love tap” in their arm as a sign that they have been chosen.
With any luck, the young women will unlearn these expectations.
And with hope, the young men will, too.
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[UPDATE, 12:29 p.m.] Police have released the mug shot of Ryan M. Fitch. According to Philadelphia Police: “At approximately 11:58 a.m., inside Community College of Philadelphia, located at 1700 Spring Garden Street, Fitch allegedly was involved in a verbal disagreement with another student over a female. Fitch allegedly displayed a gun in a threatening manner towards this male. Ryan Fitch was arrested at his home and charged with: Weapon in School, Terroristic Threats, Simple Assault, and Recklessly Endangering another Person.”
[ORIGINAL] A 23-year-old Northeast Philadelphia man is facing several charges related to an incident on the Community College of Philadelphia’s campus Wednesday. Witnesses say 23-year-old Ryan Fitch walked into a CCP chemistry class and pulled a gun on another student. No shots were fired, and no one was injured.
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“The clock is now ticking for Gov. Chris Christie to make a decision on a controversial bill that would further restrict the permitted size of ammunition magazines in New Jersey,” NJ.com reports. “With parents and a cousin of two 2012 Newtown, Conn., school shooting victims looking on, the state Assembly voted 44-34 to pass the legislation, ending its long journey through the Legislature and landing it on Christie’s desk.”
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Conservative activists across the country are watching to see if N.J. Gov. Chris Christie will sign or veto a bill that reduces the allowable size of ammo magazines from 15 to 10 rounds. While his presidential aspirations have been damaged by Bridgegate, he’s not necessarily out of the running in 2016 yet: Conservatives say he probably would end his candidacy by signing the bill.
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We told you yesterday that former PA Governor Tom Ridge was on the advisory board of Everytown for Gun Safety, a new group funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to enact gun restrictions at the state and national levels. Now Mayor Nutter has joined the effort, as well.
One of the lobby’s primary demands is universal background checks. Nutter contends it is not an organized grab for everyone’s guns.
“I respect the second amendment,” he said, “but I believe I have a first amendment right not be shot.”
Philadelphia is one of 10 cities to join the effort. (CBS Philly)
The New York Times reports this morning that former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge will join a new effort by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to enact gun control measures at the state and national levels.
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Lehigh Valley Live reports: “A New Jersey man participating in a program at the Steel City Gun Club was injured today when he accidentally shot his own leg, according to Bethlehem police Deputy Chief Todd Repsher. The man was at the Lower Saucon Township gun range as part of a program put on by the National Rifle Association and hosted in part by the Bethlehem Police Department, Repsher said. Medical crews were dispatched to the secluded gun range off of Riverside Drive at about 1:34 p.m., according to emergency dispatch reports.”
Newsworks reports that CeaseFirePA, a gun-control group, has scored the candidates in the Democratic primary for governor:
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Over the weekend, a 2-year-old boy in West Philadelphia shot and killed his 11-year-old sister. The gun —a .357 Magnum — had been stored on top of a fridge; according to reports it was then moved to a master bedroom in the family home. One way or another, it ended up in the toddler’s hands. He fired it, of course. Now both of their lives are destroyed.
It’s a stupid, senseless tragedy. It never should’ve happened. We can all agree on this, right?
So I want to offer a proposal I believe might well reduce the number of gun deaths in Philadelphia. It’s also a provocative proposal. I suspect our gun debate is too polarized for it to become reality, at least for now. But I suspect it would reduce the number of stupid accidents we see — and, by teaching respect for the deadly power of firearms, might even lead to better behavior overall among this city’s criminal elements.
This proposal: Every junior-high student in Philadelphia public schools should take a gun-safety class.
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Newsworks reports: “Gun owners and groups including the National Rifle Association would be able to take municipalities to court over local gun restrictions under a measure that passed a House committee with overwhelming support Tuesday. The bill would give challengers of local gun restrictions the legal standing necessary to ask for court review of an ordinance. Successful challengers could be reimbursed by municipalities for legal costs and other expenses.” While some cities do have laws more restrictive than state laws, experts say they’ve not been enforced. The new bill might force those cities to strip those laws from the books, anyway.