Category Archives: Guns

Senator Bob Casey on gun violence

Senator Casey is releasing the following statement in response to the Administration’s proposal on gun violence.

“This plan is weak on security and an insult to the victims of gun violence. When it comes to keeping our families safe, it’s clear that President Trump and Congressional Republicans are all talk and no action. Washington special interests are using their influence with this Administration and Congressional Republicans to block commonsense action on gun violence. It has to stop. Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan are the congressional leaders with the power to bring legislation to reform our gun laws to the floor. They should do it now. Congress should have a sustained debate and series of votes on gun violence and pass measures to put in place universal background checks, ban military-style assault weapons, limit large-capacity magazines, which allow mass shooters to fire their weapons more rapidly, and ban those on the Terror Watchlist from possessing a firearm. We need a debate now, not weak policy papers from this Administration.”

CCDC urges state and federal lawmakers to enact stronger protections against gun violence

At its February 28, 2018, meeting, the CCDC Executive Committee enacted a resolution urging lawmakers to rise to the challenge of the gun violence epidemic in our country.

The measures requested include:

Preventing known and suspected terrorists, those convicted of violent hate crimes, and those with a history of domestic abuse from illegally buying guns.

Ensuring that background checks are required on all sales, including online and at gun shows.

Preserving the provisions of the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS), which provides instant access to background records.

Requiring trigger locks on all firearms in houses where children are present.

Banning access to assault-style weapons.

Reducing the number of permissible cartridges in a clip or magazine.

View or download the full document including the underlying “whereases,” here: Gun Resolution CCDC 2-28-18

Your voice is needed to spark reform and prevent violence

Rep. Carolyn Comitta (D-156), March 6, 2018

We again mourn the tragic loss of 17 precious lives, the wounding of many more and grieve with the Parkland victim’s family and friends.

Our grief is combined with a call to action that has been so passionately and eloquently expressed by young survivors of the Parkland shooting:

“This isn’t about the GOP. This isn’t about the Democrats,” said Cameron Kasky, a student of Stoneman Douglas High School. “This is about the adults. We feel neglected and at this point, you’re either with us or against us.”

“Any politician on either side who is taking money from the NRA is responsible for events like this,” the high school junior said of the shooting. “At the end of the day, the NRA is fostering and promoting this gun culture.”

The students have it right! If we want to pass laws that protect people, we need to have people in place who share that vision.

These young people are framing the gun issue in a way that may just push our country to the tipping point we need to reach and haven’t been able to do so far! There are 4,000,000 18-year-olds in the U.S. who are eligible to vote for the first time this year.

I have been a champion for gun safety laws for decades. The first action I took as a new mayor of West Chester was to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG). I also support and work with Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, CeaseFirePA and Gun Sense of Chester County.

For over 12 years, I have lobbied for state passage of legislation to report lost and stolen guns, banning assault rifles, and for universal background checks. I have spoken at local, state and federal events in favor of gun safety laws and have held news conferences in support of federal and state gun safety legislation.

As a state representative, I am a member of the PA SAFE Caucus (working for gun safety laws) and co-sponsor of numerous commonsense gun safety bills.

House Bill 194 (Assault weapons ban)

House Bill 528 (No-fly list gun sale prohibition)

House Bill 1400 (Background checks for firearms sold at gun shows)

House Bill 1872 (Ban on rapid fire or “multi-burst trigger activators” in Pennsylvania)

House Bill 2060 (Strengthen the Protection from Abuse (PFA) Act to require the relinquishment of firearms in dangerous domestic situations)

House Bill 2112 (Ban on large-capacity magazines)

Commonsense gun laws are not an assault on Second Amendment rights. One year as mayor, I convened a series of roundtable discussions with local members of the NRA, Borough Council, local gun safety advocates, MAIG and CeaseFirePA. Although of course we didn’t agree on everything, there was consensus that it is absolutely possible to pass commonsense gun violence prevention laws while protecting Second Amendment rights. There is an opportunity to find common ground with local NRA members, if not with the corporate national NRA. Change always comes from the grassroots – not from the top. Perhaps our young people will continue this conversation.

I believe nothing will fundamentally change until the voters demand it.

Led by the determination and vision of the Parkland students, our young people may finally mobilize and hold elected officials accountable to protect the people they serve.

Adults now need to support the courageous, determined efforts of our students however we can!

Learn about other ways you can get involved:

Click here to easily send an email to Harrisburg leadership and let them know it’s time to act on gun safety reform.

Gun Sense of Chester County


Moms Demand Action: For Gun Sense in America

Everytown for Gun Safety

Our Students and Teachers: The Best in the World!

By dianeravitch, February 23, 2018

I call a moratorium on bashing our students and our teachers. If I could manage it, I would make that moratorium a permanent ban.

If you have been watching the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on television, you have seen young people who are smart, eloquent, well-informed, and reasonable. They are so much smarter than so many of our elected officials. The elected officials who dare to debate them are quickly shown to be empty suits.

These students are the best in the world. They survived a horrific attack on their school, stepped over the bodies of their friends and teachers, and emerged to tell the world that this American carnage (as Trump put it in his inaugural address) must stop. Now. No more school shootings. They are old enough to vote; the others will be voters by 2020. They are angry and they are focused, and they know what the problem is: guns. Too many guns. Easy access to guns. NRA money buying politicians.

They will not be bought off by empty promises to increase background checks. To extend the waiting period for an assault weapon. To raise the eligibile age to 21 for buying a weapon of mass murder. They know that mass murderers can pass background checks, can wait three days, and may be older than 21, like the killers in Orlando and Las Vegas. They want a ban on selling military weapons to civilians. They want a ban on sales of military weapons at gun shows and online. They will not be hoaxed. They call BS on phonies.

As we saw in the Sandy Hook massacre, the teachers and principal of these students defended them with their own bodies. They took the bullets to shield their students. They didn’t sign up to be targets for a homicidal maniac, but when the time of reckoning came, they gave their lives to save their students.

Meanwhile, “the good guys with guns” heard the shooting but stayed out of the building. The deputy assigned to protect the students has resigned, and two other officers are being investigated….

keep reading at dianeravitch