Gun Violence

Essential Pittsburgh
3:19 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Gun Shot Survivors Find Their Lives Forever Changed

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More than one-hundred thousand people in America are shot each year. Seventy-five thousand survive.

Many of them still carry the bullet. How has it impacted their lives? We pose that question to reporter Chris Togneri who spent six months interviewing survivors, including Jeff Smith, a Pittsburgh Police detective who was shot in the line of duty.  They join guest host, Tribune Review reporter Andy Conte, in Studio A.

Public Safety
10:11 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Councilwoman Encourages Pittsburghers to Plan Actions for National Week of Non-Violence

Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds of the national activist organization Black Women for Positive Change addresses press and supporters outside City Council chambers Tuesday morning.
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According to a 2014 report from the Children’s Defense Fund, American children and teens are four times more likely to be killed by gun violence than Canadian kids, 13 times more likely than French kids, and more than 64 times more likely to be killed by guns as children in the UK and Germany.

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Public Safety
10:27 am
Thu February 20, 2014

League of Women Voters To Host Gun Safety Forum

The League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh (LWVGP) wants to talk about guns--not just ballot boxes.

The citizens' organization is holding its second Gun Safety in a Free Society event on Wednesday Feb. 26 at the Kingsley Center on Frankstown Ave.

Best known for its candidates' forums and election guides for voters, the League will address issues such as gun safety, teenage gun violence, and how to keep guns out of the wrong hands in Allegheny County.

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Gun Violence
4:18 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

City Council Declares Tuesday Feb. 18th Marcus White Day

State Rep. Ed Gainey remembers Marcus L. White in Pittsburgh City Council chambers Tuesday.
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Marcus L. White, Jr. would have turned two years old on Wednesday.

But when he was just 15 months old, he was killed when someone fired shots into a family picnic on East Hills Drive.

In his honor, City Council declared Tuesday, February 18, 2014 to be “Marcus Lamont White, Jr. Day” in the city of Pittsburgh.

Around three dozen of Marcus’s family, friends, and supporters crowded into Pittsburgh City Council chambers for the proclamation on Tuesday.

Among the speakers was Andre Scott, the cousin of Marcus’s mother, Jameela Tyler.

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Community
3:30 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Candlelight Vigil To Be Held At Heinz Chapel in Remembrance of Newtown Shooting

A national nonprofit is organizing candlelight vigils across the country, including one in Pittsburgh, to honor the 20 children who lost their lives last year in Newtown, Conn.

On Saturday, Organizing for Action will host “Remembering Newtown—A Candlelight Vigil” at Heinz Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh Campus at 6:30 p.m.

Since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, nearly 200 children under the age of 12 have been killed in gun accidents, homicides or suicides, according to the nonprofit news organization Mother Jones.

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Government & Politics
3:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Moms Demand Action Group to Remember Sandy Hook

A national firearm safety organization is calling on Congress to enact comprehensive background checks for gun purchases on the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting.

Leading up to Dec. 14, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will host a “week of action” to honor the 26 lives lost in Newtown, Conn. and bring what the organization is calling “common-sense reforms” to the nation’s gun laws.

Each day of the week, participants will take part in “daily calls to action.”

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Arts & Culture
3:25 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Art Exhibition Explores Themes of Violence, Healing

"El Chupon II" by Claudia Alvarez
Credit Claudia Alvarez / Photo courtesy of the Society for Contemporary Craft

A group of toddlers stands with their hands in the air; another toddler points a gun straight at them.

This is the first thing visitors to the new Contemporary Craft exhibition ENOUGH Violence: Artists Speak Out will see.

The scene is part of a ceramic sculpture series by Claudia Alvarez, who is one of fourteen artists included in the exhibition.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:10 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Preventing Homicides Through Early Intervention

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Each year, the city of Pittsburgh sees more than 100 homicides.

A new study by the University of Pittsburgh suggests that 30% of last year’s homicides could have been prevented by early intervention.

Richard Garland, M.S.W., visiting instructor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and Steven Albert, Ph.D., chairman of the department, co-authored the study and say most of the criminal activity was a result of peer violence, not gang-related violence.

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Essential Pittsburgh
7:35 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Standing Your Ground in Pennsylvania

Legal contributor David Harris has joined the American Bar Association's National Task Force on "Stand Your Ground" Laws.
Credit University of Pittsburgh Law School

The killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin brought attention to stand your ground laws last year. A number of states have laws which dramatically expand the definition of self defense, often including personal property. So what do the self defense laws look like here in Pennsylvania? University of Pittsburgh Law Professor David Harris is currently part of an American Bar Association National Task Force on stand your ground laws, looking into their overall impact on society.

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Health
2:28 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Allegheny Co. Public Health Commission Hopes To Prevent Violence

Leaders hope a new commission will reduce violence and promote positive mental health in Allegheny County.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said he formed the Public Health Commission on Preventing Gun Violence and Promoting Community Mental Health upon request of state Rep. Ed Gainey of the 24th Legislative District.

“We’re going to be focused on making sure we look at the best practices, the best ideas, implement them in our community and doing all that we have to do to make sure that we reduce and eliminate the violence in our neighborhood,” Gainey said.  

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