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Philadelphia Officials Plead For Gunfire-Free New Year’s Eve Celebrations
CBS News (Philly) ^ | 12/31/2012 | Pat Loeb

Posted on 12/31/2012 12:22:26 PM PST by Kid Shelleen

District attorney Seth Williams and police commissioner Charles Ramsey today made their annual plea to Philadelphians not to fire guns into the air to celebrate the arrival of the new year. They say it’s a dangerous practice that can have tragic consequences, and they promised strict enforcement of laws prohibiting the practice.

It’s an annual reminder that, apparently, isn’t reaching its target audience.

Greg Jaskolka used to look forward to New Year’s traditions like watching the ball drop, banging pots, and kissing his family.

Now, his annual tradition is pushing his wheelchair-bound son, Joe, to police headquarters to put a human face on the consequences of so-called “celebratory” gunfire.

(Excerpt) Read more at philadelphia.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: banglist

1 posted on 12/31/2012 12:22:35 PM PST by Kid Shelleen
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To: Kid Shelleen

9 arrests were made last year but not one person has been sentenced. Must be those zany Tea Partiers..


2 posted on 12/31/2012 12:25:32 PM PST by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Responsible gun owners would not waste ammunition celebrating the need to buy a new calendar.


3 posted on 12/31/2012 12:27:09 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Where can I pick up a 2013 Mayan calendar?)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Just declare it a GUN FREE ZONE. Problem solved.


4 posted on 12/31/2012 12:29:39 PM PST by w1andsodidwe (Barrak has now won the contest. He is even worse than Jimmah.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

3rd world style celebration


5 posted on 12/31/2012 12:30:23 PM PST by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

I thought Philly just had a gun buy back. Didn’t that solve everything?


6 posted on 12/31/2012 12:32:35 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Kid Shelleen

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/jap.wav


7 posted on 12/31/2012 12:33:22 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Kid Shelleen

             

8 posted on 12/31/2012 12:35:54 PM PST by tomkat
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To: Kid Shelleen

Somehow, PLEADING with criminals does not seem to work. How about adult consequences instead? Just a thought.


9 posted on 12/31/2012 12:39:04 PM PST by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: NonValueAdded

Philly is the 3rd world.


10 posted on 12/31/2012 12:40:39 PM PST by EEGator
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To: Kid Shelleen
Prediction:

There will be several reported incidents of "celebratory gunfire" across the country tomorrow.

It wouldn't surprise me if related injuries and deaths were also reported.

Advancing the narrative that anyone who is stupid enough to own a gun is simply too stupid to be trusted with a gun.

11 posted on 12/31/2012 12:45:47 PM PST by Washi (Socialism is Slavery)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Wanna stop gun violence in the city of Brotherly Love....it is easy!

Put a roadblock on US 30 for all those crazy Amish who leave Lancaster County and raise hell in Philly with their AK’s and Saturday Night Specials!!

sarc...

(Because we REALLY know who is the main culprits of gun violence)


12 posted on 12/31/2012 12:55:12 PM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Kid Shelleen

My family spent one New Year’s Eve in South Philly in the 1980’s, and we were sitting on the front steps of a rowhome when a guy walked out of his house with a shotgun and shot into the sky. This was a tradition that was considered harmless for a long time... until a young boy was injured. (I guess Joe is that young boy today?) Probably another type of firearm is what injured him, if I remember correctly. Regardless, the tradition should stop.


13 posted on 12/31/2012 12:55:39 PM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: Kid Shelleen
Police did arrest nine people last year. Three are still awaiting trial; one case was dismissed; one defendant is missing; four pleaded guilty, but the DA’s office did not know immediately if they’d been sentenced.

The authorities sure are tough on criminals there.

14 posted on 12/31/2012 1:12:05 PM PST by Standing Wolf
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To: Tired of Taxes

I recall as a kid, on New Year’s Eve 1977, the next door neighbors firing a .44 Magnum to celebrate the arrival of 1978.

This was in South Pasadena, California, a middle-class (at the time) predominantly white neighborhood. The celebrants were middle-class white folks, lived there all their lives.

My father went over and berated them for their stupidity. He told them if they wished to pop off a few rounds to celebrate New Years, at least have the common sense to use blank ammo.


15 posted on 12/31/2012 1:15:11 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Gun prosecutions under Obama down more than 45 percent

http://washingtonexaminer.com/gun-prosecutions-under-obama-down-more-than-45-percent/article/2516175#.UNCXuHfZ-pc

Exclude DC, Chicago, LA, Philly, East St.louis,Milwaukee & Baltimore and we’d probably have the gun murder rate of Switzerland.


16 posted on 12/31/2012 1:29:39 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

I remember as a kid one of my father’s friends shooting his WWII 1911 (which he kept with him when he left the service) into the air at midnight.

I guess our forefathers were smarter. I have read several times about them shooting blanks on special occasions. In addition, most of the blank ammunition I have seen on gunshow tables looks like it is pre-WWII.


17 posted on 12/31/2012 1:32:06 PM PST by jim_trent
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To: Kid Shelleen
District attorney Seth Williams and police commissioner Charles Ramsey today made their annual plea to Philadelphians not to fire guns into the air to celebrate the arrival of the new year.

I'm sure the Philly bangers will comply, and fire their guns into one another or innocent bystanders.

18 posted on 12/31/2012 1:43:05 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Why should today be any different than any other day?


19 posted on 12/31/2012 1:53:57 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: elkfersupper

The gang bangers have been closely following the fiscal cliff negotiations and will celebrate when republicans sell us out.


20 posted on 12/31/2012 2:11:27 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Chicago PD used to ground their chopper on New Year’s Eve to avoid all the random fire the idiots would unleash...


21 posted on 12/31/2012 3:08:13 PM PST by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
My father went over and berated them for their stupidity. He told them if they wished to pop off a few rounds to celebrate New Years, at least have the common sense to use blank ammo.

Good for your dad. Using blanks is a good idea.

In Philly, these aren't "gangbangers" (as many here are supposing) who are celebrating by firing into the sky. It's just a longstanding tradition among Philadelphians - particularly in South Philly, from what I remember.

22 posted on 12/31/2012 6:11:13 PM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: Kid Shelleen

I was just up around Philly to see my Uncle. I was armed.


23 posted on 12/31/2012 6:19:05 PM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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