Category Archives: Guns

Comitta finds pipeline concerns trump all others

by Fran Maye, Daily Local News, 8/31/18

WEST CHESTER — Right now, pipeline safety is more important to residents in state Rep. Carolyn Comitta’s 156th Legislative District than any other issue.

In a telephone town hall Wednesday night, 57 percent of those polled cited the most pressing safety concern in the district to be Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline, with gun violence coming in at 27 percent, and crime at 12 percent.

“We have the Mariner East pipeline traversing our district, going through West Goshen, East Goshen and Westtown, and these are volatile liquid pipelines,” Comitta said. “They are in the most densely populated area than any liquid pipeline which traverses the county.”

Comitta told those who attended the meeting by phone that the pipeline is closely located to three schools in the district, along with the highly populated Wellington Nursing Home.

“I am not surprised that 57 percent said pipeline is the greatest concern for safety,” Comitta said. “I am working on doing everything I can to put public safety over corporate profits.”

Comitta said she has communicated her pipeline safety concerns with the Public Utility Commission, the Department of Environmental Protection and other appropriate agencies.

“Sunoco has a bad record for accidents and violations,” Comitta said. “This creates an even greater concern.”…

keep reading, including other issues, at Daily Local News. See also “Dinniman: Nearly a Dozen Chester County Schools Near Pipeline “Blast Zone,” Daily Local News, 8/22/18, and “Lack of Pipeline Safety Info Puts Schools, Students at Risk,” Daily Local News, 8/27/18 (download here: Guest-Column-Pipeline-School-FINAL-8-23-2018

What are you going to do about it, kid?

By Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times of Chester County, Jul 30th, 2018

After each school shooting, our national government essentially says to the survivors and their families: “Just get used to it, it’s the new normal around here.”

Or, as the Republican candidate for governor recently said to Chester County native Rose Strauss, “You’re a little young and naive” —no doubt thinking to himself: “Take that, kid. And what are you going to do about it?”

Her answer: social media. The exchange between the two—the seasoned recipient of fossil fuel industry largesse and the environmental science major—is a hit on the internet, in addition to being featured in the national press.

In 2016, Donald Trump said “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”

Our government is now essentially saying the same to us all. National life has become like one of those pain tolerance experiments….

keep reading at The Times of Chester County

Dear Pennsylvania State Legislature

email from Pennsylvania Moms Demand Action, 7/10/18. Several Chesco legislators co-sponsored HB 2227 but political leaders have not allowed a vote on it, even though according to a poll published by Everytown for Gun Safety on 9/12/17, “82 percent of likely voters in Pennsylvania — including 88 percent of gun-owning households — support prohibiting anyone convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or subject to a domestic violence protection order from purchasing a gun.”

On June 25th, I sat in the gallery of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and watched our state lawmakers throw away an opportunity to advance a bill that will save the lives of Pennsylvanians.

As time went on, the weight of their inaction was palpable — the 78 domestic violence victims who were shot and killed just last year in Pennsylvania were there with us, in our hearts while we sat in the statehouse.

But right after, something remarkable happened — lawmakers from across the state joined me and other advocates to hold an impromptu press conference about this shocking failure to act. Side by side, we told Pennsylvania and domestic violence survivors that we won’t stop fighting until our lawmakers pass a bill to disarm domestic abusers this year.

We’ve penned an open letter to the Pennsylvania state legislature.

SIGN YOUR NAME >> Dear Pennsylvania House of Representatives: Pass a bill to protect domestic violence survivors from abusers armed with guns.

78 Pennsylvanians died last year because a domestic abuser had a gun and shot to kill. We don’t yet have the numbers who have died for the same reason this year. And I don’t want to write you next year with that number and ask you again to help me get this bill passed. 2018 must be the year we pass this bill. This must be the year our state legislature takes action to protect people from an abuser and his gun.


I honestly didn’t think the Pennsylvania Moms Demand Action volunteers and I could get any more fired up. But, once again, I’ve been proved wrong: we’re ready to spend summer doing whatever it takes to pass this law.

Sign our open letter to Pennsylvania lawmakers demanding that they take action to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers this year.

Grateful for you,

Deb Marteslo
Pennsylvania Chapter Leader
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

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

[reposted 5/19/18: still waiting for legislators to act]

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