Archive: October, 2012
In Philadelphia with so much gun violence I recently spoke with a legal and registered gun owner in the city. Kareem Benson 40 is a married father and grandfather also lifelong resident of Philadelphia. We spoke at length about the reasons he decided to get a gun permit and if that makes him feel safer. When speaking with Kareem I asked how long that he has had a permit to carry a handgun. Kareem replied “I first got my permit to carry in 1997 and have kept renewing ever since” I asked Kareem if he thought that the state’s current gun laws are good enough. Kareem stated “ I do not, this state would benefit greatly from tougher gun laws”. Most people in this city would not have any idea what the current state gun laws are. I myself would be included as I did not know what the gun laws for the state of Pennsylvania are. A portion of the law states :
Any person who carries a firearm in any vehicle or any person who carries a firearm concealed on or about his person, except in his place of abode or fixed place of business, without a valid and lawfully issued license under this chapter commits a felony of the third degree. (18 Pa.C.S. § 6106: Firearms not to be carried without a license)
Article Originally appeared on Huffingtonpost.com 10/2/12
In 2008 there was so much excitement surrounding the Presidential election it was contagious. For many, like myself it would be one of our first opportunities to vote for the United States highest office... President. As a 20-year-old, just started my second semester in college it turned into one of the biggest moments of my life.
There was, not only a black man in the race, but also a woman -- both of whom represented many of the issues I care about. But a lot has changed since that time of staying up late to hand out flyers and giving up my weekends to canvass.
THE DAILY NEWS People's Editorial Board is a group of nine citizens who meet every month to discuss and weigh in on the big issues facing the city. ( philly.com/philly/blogs/ peb) This month, the board tackled business tax reform.
We, the People's Editorial Board, were shocked to learn that if you are a local small business, you could be more heavily taxed by the city of Philadelphia than big out-of-state companies.
We should amend that: Many of us were shocked, but some of us, who actually own and operate small businesses in the city, were not completely surprised, since we have been paying those taxes for a while. But all of us are relieved to find Councilman William Green and others in Council, including Maria Quinones-Sanchez, have been studying solutions to this problem.