Annual event was expected to draw as many as 2,000 2nd Amendment activists on Monday
Annual event was expected to draw as many as 2,000 2nd Amendment activists on Monday
Overwhelmingly, schools are asking for grants to address mental health needs and to strengthen security measures.
The partnership between Sandy Hook Promise and the state Attorney General’s office aims to prevent mass shootings and help children dealing with problems.
The chamber narrowly passed a measure that would require judges to issue consecutive sentences for multiple crimes involving guns.
“I’m writing you to wish you a very happy holidays. Remember there will always be people who care about and support you. The world is a better place with you in it.”
“I still stand by, the only thing that’s going to stop a gun is a gun.”
“You bring the gun up. Somebody comes around the corner. They’ve got something in their hand. You bring the sights up to your line of sight. You give them verbal commands. You see it’s a knife, he brings it up. You fire a shot.”
A Republican polling firm says its latest survey found compelling evidence that a key bloc of swing voters want stricter gun control.
“The penalty should be the same as it is for other terrorism crimes — up to life without parole — because these are hate crimes on steroids.”
“There is little evidence to support that mental illness drives gun violence. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, less than 5% of 120,000 gun-related killings in the U.S. were carried out by a person diagnosed with a mental illness.”
Experts who study the psychological impact of mass shootings say panicked reactions after such events is expected, but tends to dissipate over time.
The demonstration was one of many springing up statewide in the wake of the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that killed more than 30 people.
Gun control groups say the National Rifle Association has been “distracted” by recent investigations, financial troubles and turnover. But the organization clearly still holds sway in Washington, D.C.
Governor Cuomo called Trump’s speech one of the “great acts of hypocrisy,” saying the president has “made racism his stock and trade” through his prior remarks and tweets.
Some Pennsylvania Democrats are urging Gov. Tom Wolf to call the legislature back to Harrisburg for a special session on gun violence, even as other legislators concede it’s unlikely such a session would produce any meaningful action.
“This latest episode of senseless gun violence resulted in the loss of one of our recent graduates—graduates in whom we place so much hope because of their potential to create a brighter tomorrow.”
Pennsylvania’s attorney general is trying to convince firearms dealers and police precincts around the commonwealth to do a more effective job tracking guns–an effort he hopes will eventually help reduce gun crimes.
The Tamaqua Area School District in Schuylkill County will scrap a groundbreaking policy that would have allowed teachers and staff to carry weapons anonymously on school grounds.
Who can carry a firearm in schools and under what circumstances remains murky in Pennsylvania — and up for debate.
“In our case, it ties into a child abuse database. We’re able to screen out those type of folks. There’s also alerts we can put in the system.”
“We’re not going to just sit back and let our rights be chipped away by something that’s just a feel-good measure.”
Since 2006, hundreds of people have packed into the state Capitol once a year to argue in favor of gun rights. The group is is expected to be back in Harrisburg today.
75% of grantees asked for funding related to security planning and security technology. Others focused on mental health related services and programs in schools.
The gun rights group faces pressure to address allegations of financial mismanagement. The New York attorney general is investigating and the president said it needs to “get its act together quickly.”
Attorney General Letitia James’ announcement came shortly after the president of the gun rights group, Oliver North, said he would not seek a second term.
“If I find out there is a gun in my classroom with my teacher, I am going to ask to leave that room immediately.”
“Without strong direction or oversight from the state education department, the school districts will likely continue to fall short of these requirements and that possibly puts lives at risk.”
“When I remember it, even my kids, they went, moved from here. They didn’t want to stay in this place,” said Samir Khalil, who lost his wife in the attack.
A jury of seven men and five women, including three black jurors, found the former officer not guilty of murder in a racially charged case.
In this time of mass shootings, schools are feeling the pressure to make changes to how schools are constructed in an effort to keep intruders out.
“I want to teach them science, and now I have to learn how to send them home to their parents. And that’s a heavy topic”
New York’s so-called “red flag” law takes effect in about six months. It authorizes teachers, school administrators, and others to petition a court for the removal of guns from individuals who they believe pose a serious threat to themselves or others.
The heads of four U.S. companies are lobbying for a law requiring background checks on all gun purchases. One of them, the founder of TOMS shoes, concedes his company will lose business as a result.
Governor Cuomo signed a new anti gun violence measure into law Monday, at a ceremony attended by survivors of gun violence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Democratic state Rep. Mike Schlossberg of Lehigh County are calling for increased resources for mental health services. The two fielded questions at a Facebook town hall Tuesday.
A security expert says restorative practices can be used to identify and help individuals who may pose a safety risk in schools or the workplace.
Ed Stack is a gun owner who was a longtime Republican donor. A year after Dick’s Sporting Goods became an unlikely corporate face of gun control, it sees the fallout from its policy and lobbying.
The Tamaqua School Board voted Tuesday night to temporarily suspend implementation of a policy that would allow some school staff in the Schuylkill County district to carry firearms in classrooms anonymously.
Following lawsuits from both parents and teachers, the Tamaqua School Board will vote Tuesday night on whether to temporarily suspend a policy that allows some school staff to carry firearms in classrooms anonymously.
KEYSTONE CROSSROADS — Nearly three hours into a special meeting about a policy that would ask some staff at the Tamaqua Area School District to carry guns, parent Liz Pinkey read aloud a letter from educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Tweets by Gab, a social media site used by the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, show that the site’s new server host, Epik has been served a subpoena by the Pittsburgh Attorney General.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Governor Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday that would temporarily take away the guns of people accused of domestic violence.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Students at more than a dozen school in central and northern New York are expected to take part in a national high school walkout today to demand action on gun control. The walkout is being held today, because it is the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.
Police said they received calls about a man pointing a gun at people on the street in Brooklyn. The man was reportedly well known in the area as “mentally ill but generally harmless.”
There was a memorial service Tuesday night at the American Civic Association in Binghamton, NY, to remember the 13 victims of the shooting that happened there nine years ago.
“It’s one of the challenges of the human spirit – developing a positive outlook in the face of the fact that we’re all going to die and birth is a fatal disease,” said David Marsland, whose wife was killed in the attack. “It’s a question of how you live as opposed to how you die.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says she supports students who plan to demonstrate today against gun violence. School walkouts are planned across the nation at 10 a.m., including in New York state.
HARRISBURG, PA (WITF) — In the wake of last month’s shooting in Parkland, Florida, the state auditor general is expanding the scope of school districts audits in the hopes of improving safety.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Many school districts in central and northern New York have faced threats following the Florida high school shooting last month. It has resulted in school shutdowns and arrests of some students for making terroristic threats. As law enforcement aggressively investigates these incidents, some experts say it is a lack of emotional skills that is causing them.
CEO Ed Stack announced Wednesday that the national retailer is also banning the sale of all guns to customers under the age of 21. The company is one of the country’s largest sports retailers.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — In the wake of the of a Florida school shooting that killed 17 earlier this month, Republican state Senator Scott Wagner is making school safety a centerpiece of his campaign.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – The head of the state’s largest teachers union says arming teachers won’t make schools safer, but he says schools should have more protection.
Central York District parent Linda Veras-Lopez, center, leans her head on her 14-year-old son Tyler Shields’ shoulder during a press conference outside the Springettsbury Township Police Department Thursday.
SYRACUSE (WRVO) – Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) is facing a backlash regarding a statement she made Wednesday on a radio talk show that “so many people who commit mass murders end up being Democrats.” But Tenney wouldn’t go into detail about it at a media event in Onondaga County Thursday, regarding the impact of tax reform on businesses.
Protests outside of central New York Republican Rep. John Katko’s Syracuse office have been ongoing this week, including a rally on gun control. Following last week’s high school shooting in Florida, some of the protesters were teachers who said Katko is doing nothing to fix the problem.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) said Wednesday that “many” people who commit mass murder turn out to be Democrats.
President Trump is speaking for the first time about the shooting at a high school in South Florida that left at least 17 people dead.
SYRACUSE (WRVO) – When the parishioners at one Oswego County church gather for worship each week, many of them are armed. And it’s no secret. The Lighthouse Mexico Church of God even advertises that its not a gun-free zone – a response to the frequent mass shootings in the country that’s the subject of some debate. Walking into the church on a Sunday morning is more like joining a family reunion than attending a mass. Music plays for the first half of the service as the parishioners move about the church greeting one another and joining in community prayers. The pastor Ron Russell says his church is like a family, and it’s his responsibility to ensure their safety.
Police officers in Oakland, Calif., line up across from demonstrators on July 7 as protesters marched against police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. Amanda Agustin/Youth Radio
After a week of violence and death, Youth Radio’s Soraya Shockley ponders how to move forward despite the sadness and anger.
On Tuesday, in Baton Rouge Louisiana, 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot by police. The next day, in Falcon Heights, Minnesota police shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile. Both were black men, and videos of their deaths have been watched by millions on social media. Including me. These two videos aren’t special.