Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

"I'm tired of watching children die. Doing nothing not an option."

"I'm tired of watching children die. Doing nothing not an option."

Pennsylvanians -- mainly from right here in Philadelphia -- went to Harrisburg and made the case for gun sanity today:

This was personal. The emotional pain, palpable. Speaker after speaker at the CeaseFirePA rally in the Capitol's East Rotunda talked of a loved one's loss to the wrong end of a gun.

There was the Philadelphia deputy mayor, Richard Negrin, who watched his father gunned down on the way to a football game at age 13. The pops of the Mac 10 sub machine gun sounded like fireworks, he recalled. Negrin knew better as soon as he made it around the car and saw his father in a pool of blood.

There was the mother from Pittsburgh. Her 14-month-old boy was felled by a bullet while the baby was safely strapped into his car seat. The bullet seemed to come from nowhere -- and from everywhere.

"I'm tired of watching children die," shouted the mother, Mary Beth Hacke, addressing a crowd of about 250 to 300, many bussed in from the Philadelphia area. "Doing nothing not an option."

Today, sane gun laws in Pennsylvania are still just a dream. But for the first time, the momentum is moving in the right direction.

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