BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (CBS/AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy signed a measure into law Tuesday aimed at making so-called smart guns available in New Jersey. The guns can only be fired by one designated user.
“The scourge of gun violence is a pervasive problem that affects our entire nation,” Murphy said. “I am proud to work with our legislators to implement some of the toughest gun laws in the country to protect our residents and make our communities safer for all. We see the results of our work by having among the lowest rates of gun-related deaths nationwide.”
The move made New Jersey’s strict gun laws even tougher, and Anthony Colandro is none too happy about it.
“It does nothing to make New Jersey safer, there is not going to be one criminal that reads the headlines tomorrow and say ‘Oh, it’s going to be harder for us to commit a crime,’” said Colandro, who owns a shooting range in New Jersey.
Colandro believes the new laws actually hurt legal gun owners and violate the Second Amendment. The new measure requires that retailers carry and sell at least one smart gun.
Murphy also signed three other measures aimed at stopping gun violence. One bill requires that the attorney general and health commissioner come up with a suicide prevention and training course for gun sellers.
Another bill restricts people convicted of serious crimes from buying firearms, as well as barring the sale of guns without a serial number. A fourth bill makes it a crime to solicit a gun from someone who is already legally disqualified from buying a weapon.
Tuesday’s laws were the second batch of gun-related measures the first-term governor has signed. Murphy campaigned on a platform of strengthening New Jersey’s already strong gun control measures.
“I am proud to work with our legislators to implement some of the toughest gun laws in the country to protect our residents and make our communities safer for all,” Murphy said Tuesday.
The goal is to prevent accidental shootings or stolen guns from being used by a criminal. Colandro argues the technology isn’t 100% effective.
“I’m all for technology but give me any electronic device that can’t be hacked, that can’t crash, that can’t have a problem. I’m in favor of smart guns once our police and military start carrying them,” Colandro said.
Colandro says he and other law abiding gun owners will continue to make sure their constitutional rights are not shot down.
“The only thing we can rely on is lawsuits and hoping the Supreme Court will take our cases because they’re going to continue to do this,” he said.
Residents fear this problem will continue to get worse unless parents step in.
The Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation released the following statement on the incident:
“The safety of our staff and patrons is always a top priority for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. We are deeply disturbed by the incident that took place at Vogt Recreation Center pool, and are working closely with the Police Department to share information and coordinate.”
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — With the summer heat cranking up, the ASPCA is reminding pet parents and animal lovers how to keep pets safe and healthy during the summer’s scorching days. Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if they’re overexposed to the heat.
READING, Pa. (CBS/AP) — The mayor of the eastern Pennsylvania city of Reading called off a scheduled ceremony to raise the LGBTQ rainbow flag over City Hall for the first time, calling it a political symbol.
Acting Managing Director Osmer Deming said Mayor Wally Scott believes the “pride flag” represents a political movement and flying it is against city policy.
Council president Jeffrey Waltman Sr. said he found out just before arriving for the ceremony Monday evening and tried unsuccessfully to change the mayor’s mind.
“He has concerns for flying a flag for one specific cause because it could raise questions,” Waltman told The Reading Eagle. “I didn’t even have time to debate that with him”
The LGBT Center of Greater Reading blasted the decision, saying “what was supposed to be a proud and historical moment” became “blatant, unacceptable discrimination.”
The Reading Eagle reports that a POW/MIA flag flies below the U.S. flag at City Hall and flags of other countries have been raised there.
BLUE BELL, Pa. (CBS) — It’s a special week for 27 children who had organ transplants, all thanks to a camp in Blue Bell that was put together by the Gift of Life program. The camp is specially designed for children who have been saved by organ donations.
Camp Jeremy is a weeklong day camp for children who have had organ transplants and their siblings.
“This lets everybody have a great time, every day is something different,” Karen Keener said.
One of the campers is 13-year-old Noah Cambell, who had a liver transplant when he was a baby.
“I get to be more active with other people instead of being sick in the hospital, all day long,” he said.
Seventeen-year-old Jennifer Dunlea was born with cystic fibrosis.
“I was on the waiting list for maybe two months, I was really lucky,” she said. “Besides feeling like I can breathe for the first time in my life, it’s just great to know someone was so selfless that they would help someone else when they weren’t here anymore.”
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Meek Mill walked out of a Philadelphia courtroom Tuesday with no resolution as he fights to overturn criminal convictions. It’s the latest in a long legal battle for the Philadelphia rapper.
Mill has been waiting for this day for a long time. He’s been on probation for more than a decade. But both his defense attorneys and prosecutors agree he should get a new trial.
Mill walked into State Superior Court in Society Hill Tuesday, saying very little. But Mill’s attorneys had plenty to say to a three-judge panel at Tuesday’s hearing.
His attorneys argued his decade-old drug and weapon convictions should be overturned, saying the officer who testified against Mill had credibility issues. Then prosecutors told the judges they agree.
Van Jones is working to reform prisons with The Reform Alliance.
“Meek Mill should have never been convicted in the first place. Both sides of this case put forward multiple credible reasons that there should be a new trial. No judge disputed a single claim from either side,” Jones said.
Mill, a Philadelphia native and rapper, spent months in prison last year for violating his parole. On Tuesday, Mill told CBS This Morning’s Gayle King he now wants to change the prison system for others.
“The work I want to do is actually make a smart probation and parole act where you can gain your life back and get your life back on track, not just be caught up in a loop and going in and outta the system,” Mill told King.
The three-judge panel is expected to decide if Mill’s convictions should be thrown out in the coming weeks.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — High-tech science helped doctors in England successfully separate conjoined twins. Surgery to separate conjoined twins is complicated and dangerous but the team in England used cutting-edge virtual reality and 3D printing to plan the separation.
The 2-year-old conjoined twins, Marwa and Safa Ullah, from Pakistan, were known as craniopagus twins, which means they were born with connected skulls.
“What we need to achieve is to effectively, sort of, untwist the brains, and that is difficult, pretty difficult to do just in your head,” said consultant pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Owase Jeelani.
Doctors performed the complex surgery in three stages over five months at a children’s hospital in London.
Surgeons used virtual reality to see inside the twins’ heads in order to practice before the first cut and used a 3D printer to create models of the girls’ brains.
“For surgeons, it’s massively helpful to actually be able to touch and hold things, it makes so much of a difference to understand how things are,” consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Dunaway said.
Each sister supplied the other’s brain with blood. Doctors first had to separate the shared blood vessels, then insert a piece of plastic to keep the brains and blood vessels apart.
“The last two months after their last operation on the brain has been a little bit of a stormy time for Safa and Marwa, but they’re hanging in there,” Dunaway said.
Now that the twins are successfully separated, their mother is overwhelmed, saying she is very happy, especially to be able to hold them separately, even though doctors say the twins have a long recovery ahead.
The twins’ surgery lasted 50 hours, and doctors expect them to have some learning disabilities.
The surgery was made possible with what is being called generosity from a private donor.
In the United States, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is world renowned for separating conjoined twins.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney had strong words for President Donald Trump following the backlash the president has received after tweeting that four Democratic congresswomen should “go back” to their home countries. Kenney said that Trump would “have to go to hell” if he ever went back where he came from.
Kenney made the comment Tuesday while announcing new steps to help immigrants facing deportation.
“I have this vision of one day in heaven, or outside of heaven because they’re not going to get in, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Tom Homan, and everybody else standing in a cyclone-fenced dungeon, a cyclone-fenced cell outside of heaven for eternity because that’s what they’re going to have to do because what they’re doing now is so anti-human, antithetical, anti-American, anti-decent, it’s all terrible what they’re doing,” Kenney said. “The step the president took yesterday when he told four American citizens to go back where they came from makes him an idiot because he didn’t know they were born in Detroit and Chicago and New York, so that’s the problem. If Donald Trump ever has to go back where he came from, he’s going to have to go to hell.”
Trump’s criticism was aimed at four freshman Democrats who have garnered attention since their arrival in January for their outspoken liberal views and thinly veiled distaste for Trump: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. All were born in the U.S. except for Omar, who came to the U.S. as a child after fleeing Somalia with her family. He accused his four outspoken critics of “spewing some of the most vile, hateful and disgusting things ever said by a politician” and added, “If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!” — echoing taunts long unleashed against political dissidents rather than opposing parties’ lawmakers.
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” Trump said during a tweetstorm on Sunday.
….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how….
Trump defended his tweets on Tuesday, saying they were not racist.
“Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” Trump said.
Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show “weakness” and fall into their trap. This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat…..
Kenney has had harsh criticism of Trump in the past, calling the president last year a “tyrant” who “is trying to turn this country into a dictatorship” after he disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House following their Super Bowl win.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Delaware Valley needs to prepare for a long-duration dangerous heat event that will extend through the upcoming weekend. An excessive heat warning is in effect for Philadelphia and all surrounding suburbs for five days, from 8 a.m. Wednesday until 10 p.m. Sunday.
A heat advisory is in effect for inland sections of coastal New Jersey, central Delaware, and our far north and west suburbs beginning Wednesday at 11 a.m. and lasting until 8 p.m., so watch for this to potentially be extended and/or upgraded.
Temperatures in the 90s and high humidity levels through this multi-day time frame will yield heat indices in the triple digits.
On Wednesday and Thursday, scattered downpours and thunderstorms will aid in some cooling off locally. However, Friday through Sunday is set to stay sunny, hazy and dry during the height of the excessive heat.
On Saturday, a forecast high temperature of 100 degrees would be the first 100-degree day in seven years in Philadelphia. Heat index values on this day could reach their highest level, possibly to 115 degrees.
Plan for ways to keep yourself and your family members cool during this extended stretch of dangerous heat. Review the symptoms of heat illness, the appropriate responses and note the critical differences between heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Heat is the No. 1 weather killer, taking more lives each year on average than tornadoes and hurricanes combined.
Bring pets indoors. Use extra caution on dog walks — if you’re hot, your dog is hot. Avoid contact with their paws and the street as on a 90-degree day, the temperature of asphalt can approach 145 degrees.