Wednesday, May 18, 2005

More lack of agreement on gun woes

A state commission formed by Governor Rendell has made recommendations that satisfied nobody (and even involved abstentions from its own members):
In a report issued yesterday, the divided commission recommended the legislature commit more funding for gun violence prevention programs, enact tougher penalties for those who violate state gun laws, and create better tools for prosecutors to pursue gun traffickers.

But the commission failed to endorse the most controversial proposals: limiting an individual's gun purchases to one a month, and allowing Philadelphia and other municipalities the right to approve local gun laws.
These last two points were those requested by Mayor Street to help with gun violence in Philadelphia. The city and state are constantly at loggerheads over this issue, so I guess that the support for youth violence programs should be taken as about the best that can be achieved anytime soon.


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