Stories tagged: "gun violence"

TOPSHOT - A commuity members silhouette is seen through a Pride flag while paying their respects to the victims of the mass shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on November 20, 2022. - At least five people were killed and 18 wounded in a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in the US city of Colorado Springs, police said on November 20, 2022. (Photo by Jason Connolly / AFP) (Photo by JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images)
Mass Shooting at Gay Nightclub in Colorado Follows Surge of Right-Wing Rhetoric and Threats Targeting LGBTQ Community

As Republican lawmakers and right-wing media figures have singled out the LGBTQ community with hateful rhetoric, children’s hospitals have faced bomb threats, armed extremist groups have targeted drag-related events, and LGBTQ individuals have been assaulted and now murdered in a mass shooting that left five dead.

A pedestrian walks past bullet holes in the window of a store front on South Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 5, 2022. (Photo by KRISTON JAE BETHEL/AFP via Getty Images)
Op-Ed: Gun Violence Is Devastating Philadelphia. That’s Why We Need to Vote for Change.

The current plague of gun violence is a result of a lack of good economic opportunity in our communities, a pervasive sense of hopelessness, and - most importantly - a failure of leadership at every level," writes Ryan N. Boyer, the Business Manager for the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner takes questions from reporters after a press conference in Harrisburg on Friday, 10/21/22. (Capital-Star photo by Marley Parish)
COMMENTARY: If Pa. Republicans were serious about crime in Philly, they’d actually fight it | Marc Stier

Instead, they’re pursuing the performative and partisan impeachment of District Attorney Larry Krasner.

Nakisha Bill testifies about her son’s murder Thursday, 9/29/22, in Philadelphia in a hearing of the House Committee on Restoring Law and Order. (Capital-Star photo by Peter Hall)
House Committee on Philadelphia Crime Hears Stories of Loss From Gun Violence Survivors

Six Philadelphia residents share their stories of loss before a state House committee amid a wave of gun crime that has washed over the city in recent years. 

Philadelphia youth advocates hold a press conference in Harrisburg on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, calling for gun reform. (Capital-Star photo by Marley Parish)
Philadelphia Youth Call for Tighter Firearms Restrictions, Increased Funding to Combat Gun Violence

The United States has seen an increase in gun violence nationwide. In Pennsylvania, roughly 1,600 people die from gun violence, and 3,000 more are injured each year, according to CeaseFirePA, a firearms safety advocacy group.

(L-R) Keystone managing editor Patrick Berkery, state Rep. Melissa Shusterman, state Sen. Katie Muth, state Sen. Malcolm Kenyatta, and Lancaster City Council President Izzy Smith-Wade-El during the Keystone candidate forum at the Bok Building in Philadelphia, Oct. 19, 2022 (Photo: the Keystone).
‘They Aren’t Listening to You and They Don’t Care About Your Values’: PA Democrats Say Republicans in Harrisburg Are Hurting Pennsylvanians

At the Keystone’s candidate forum in Philadelphia, state Democrats cited Republican efforts to ban abortion and their hypocrisy on the issue of public safety as examples of how the GOP-majority are attempting to take away the rights of Pennsylvanians.

Police vehicles are parked at Roxborough High School near where multiple people were shot in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. Authorities have identified the 14-year-old youth killed in a shooting on Tuesday that also wounded several other teens as they walked away from a Philadelphia high school athletic field after a football scrimmage.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Deadly Shooting Outside Philadelphia School is a Grim Reminder of What’s at Stake in Pa. on Election Day

Despite a surge in gun deaths in Pennsylvania over the last decade, Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg and Washington have consistently voted against gun safety laws. This Election Day offers voters a chance for change.