Perhaps instead of the Inquirer, the name "Hoplophobe Crier" would be more suitable for your newspaper.
Yesterday's local section really had a lot of "bang for the buck" going for it's usual antigun preachy venue. The "Crier" has the body count at 271 and I'm sure it hopes that will quickly rise, for time is short.
Philadelphia's ghetto sections are only slightly ahead [ by two ] of where they were on this day last year, not much different per capita for the last two or three decades, by your own "statistics" in other articles -- what a tangled web we weave...
Since this is conspicuously, an all-out assault on the Second Amendment rights of the evil "gun people" in an election year, and the inept Democratic party that has been putting the local economy in a death spiral for over a decade now, your party of choice, needs as big a smokescreen as your disgustingly liberal paper can help it muster.
[ Not to mention the childish anti-freedom and Bush bashing graphic concepts by that charlatan snob, artist want-to-be, Tony Auth. ]. I was surprised to see the letter "allowed" printed in Thursday's Local News section by Steve Cain. He was right on target with the whole scenario. Drugs, lack of education, and laissez-faire use of police intelligence are the real culprits in our Badland sections of the city.
That was the token five or so percent pro-gun letter, which of course simply had to be lumped in with that no-thought-process, knee-jerk piece two letters below it: "Guns in the house" where "Brady Nanny" brainwashed Barbara Gold, spouted some of their "statistics catechism" about guns causing normal people to uncontrollably shoot friends, simply by the guns' being there.
Sure, there is always going to be a small percentage of people that will kill themselves in stupid ways with guns; many more comparatively with cars, motorcycles, farm machinery and other potentially lethal devices, especially when mixed with excess quantities of alcohol.
Now to advocate banning cars, bikes etceteras, wouldn't stand a chance in a public forum; yet when it comes to guns, we are all required to agree with the antigunners' "Nanny knows best" philosophy that prattles on, that 'banning them' [ firearms, especially handguns ] is the only way. If you dare disagree, you must be a barbarian that eats live babies and worships the freaking devil. Getting back to yesterday's local section, we have hoity-toity John Grogan doing his best Dr. Phil imitation [ 'What were they thinking?' ] about the parents that left the gun under their mattress which led to their dysfunctional 17 year old "boy" [ many 17 year old men and women hunt and fight wars without shooting their "friends" ] getting drunk, finding the gun, and shooting one of his classmates.
His parents should have had the gun with them, but you know Jersey and it's archaic gun laws -- they were probably afraid to chance crossing the border with it. It should have been kept in their trunk unloaded, with any ammo in another [ as in the passenger compartment ] section of the car, and that would have satisfied the freaky antigun Jersey laws. Personally I find it hard to believe that their son had "no interest" in guns. Perhaps his parents were just "too busy" to do the right thing by at least giving their son some minimal awareness of gun safety, being that they owned and kept a gun in their house.
As a parent myself, I took the responsibility to instill in my children a healthy respect for firearms and taught them how they function; that they are not something you use unsupervised, or casually show off to your friends; and eventually how to safely shoot a gun [ they should be at least eight or so for a low recoil weapon of .22 caliber ]. My children are not avid shooters, however, they are also not likely to [ Youngest is twenty now and both have managed to stay alive without mindlessly shooting anyone else for shits and giggles -- so far, so good! ] use firearms foolishly since we went over the dangers and the defensive advantages they possess many moons ago. Hopefully they will eventually opt to get a carry permit to protect themselves from the violent predators that we all hope will never chose them or anyone's loved ones for that matter, as victims.
I personally feel much safer with a loaded .357 over a frantic 911 call, but that is me, which brings us to another aspect of yesterday's local antigun bash in your misinformation guide to hating gun possession. Beyond know-it-all John Grogan's rant about the drunk 17 year old murderer, there was the letters section in which [ probably some closet case, typically over eighty old fart ] Inquirer "believer," Philip Zebley from Swarthmore, was apparently completely duped by that drivel session by your Tom Ferrick about how the Congress will "insulate" the evil gun people with the help of that demon Curt Weldon.
'Oh, Chicken Little Tom,' the senile geezer gushes, 'lets vote for some better congressman that will give us even more "sensible gun laws" to go with the ones that all the liberals have either chosen to ignore or have refused to enforce, that we already have on the books now.'
Gosh Tom, thanks....you're swell! The streets of Swarthmore must be covered in blood or that guy is clueless, I'd bet on the latter. Then to further insult the intelligence, the next one by Greg Barnes from "da hood" in rough and tumble Haverford reminds us that 'guns in the home kill us,' they morph legs and the ability to shoot the residents all by themselves, I presume he means -- better lay off the coffee and sci-fi channel there Greg. Next page headline: 100 leaders join to fight gun violence in Pa. by your Vernon Clark. "On Sept.26, busloads of activists will urge the state legislature to take steps against the problem."
Let's face it, you can blow smoke up a lot of your readers asses regularly, but anyone that attends these sort of events knows the drill. The "free cheese people," many of them straw purchasers themselves to supplement their welfare checks, will take a free ride to pretend they care about the punks that they let rule their neighborhoods, because they don't work anyway, so what to hell else have they got to do.
The usual welfare whores from act up will be waltzing around selling their "the world owes the ignorant-by-choice a living" bullcrap. Street, Abraham, and some antigun by party affiliation "police spokesperson" from Philadelphia will all be there, armed to the teeth themselves as usual, bodyguards in tow.
At least the Pennsylvania State Police are endorsing Mr. Swan for Governor, a Republican who supports enforcement of current gun laws, unlike Rendell, who basically supports himself. The "Brady Nanny" groups will be hamming it up for the press and the union hacks, Men United for a Better Philadelphia [ Don't Snitch Inc. ], Physicians for Social Responsibility [ Liberal Doctors that don't have to sweat being victimized because they don't live in, or have to work in the ghetto areas or even drive through them in their BMWs ] will all have a little pompous speech to make into the bullhorns.
The usual boring travesty. Dwight Evans will be there to avoid the issue that his inner city black caucus constituents are their own worst enemies, while espousing legislation to disarm decent people that are stuck in Philadelphia and can't depend on the police, most of the time, for protection, so that when his perceived voting block gets tired of shooting each other, they can be safer carjacking, raping, and killing law abiding citizens with less chance of facing a potentially armed victim [ Genocide by Dwight Inc. ].
He knows that the gang-bangers won't care about violating the goal law of the whole charade: namely, making Philadelphia's political prostitutes able to circumvent State gun laws the way they did before the people demanded uniform right to carry, statewide back in 1995 and have had virtually no revocations [ In Philadelphia and Statewide ] by permit holders in the more than a decade since the common sense law was enacted. You will have a microcosm of the aformentioned phonys from Reading, Pittsburgh, and every other little holler with a ghetto area; all there to cover their own failures as politicians and citizens, by lambasting the "demon gun culture."
Don't you people ever tire or feel embarrassed at all, promulgating these sideshows of anti-Constitutional debauchery? What a Joke!