Tag Archives: gun violence prevention

Wolf Calls for Passage of Bipartisan Enhanced Firearm Prohibition for Domestic Abusers

from Governor Wolf, November 13, 2017 [n.b. Senator Andy Dinniman, D-19, is among the 14 senators who introduced the bill]

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today called on the General Assembly to pass bipartisan legislation, Senate Bill 501 sponsored by Senator Tom Killion (R-Delaware), that would prohibit domestic abusers subject to final Protection From Abuse (PFA) orders from possessing firearms. Across the country, recent mass shootings often have a common thread: perpetrators with a history of domestic violence.

“We must protect victims – spouses and children – of domestic violence and attempt to prevent domestic abusers from escalating their violence in everyday places that result in mass murder,” Governor Wolf said. “It is time for the General Assembly to act on this bipartisan, commonsense legislation to protect victims and reduce violence.”

According to recent research, from 2009 to 2016 in the U.S., there have been 156 mass shootings—incidents in which four or more people were shot and killed, not including the shooter. These incidents resulted in 1,187 victims shot: 848 people were shot and killed, and 339 people were shot and injured. The majority of mass shootings—54 percent of cases—were related to domestic or family violence.

Senate Bill 501 was introduced at the beginning of this session and referred to committee in late March of 2017. It has bipartisan sponsors from across the state in the Senate.

Governor Wolf has pushed for a package of reforms aimed at combatting domestic violence, including SB 501 and: Continue reading

Help Mary Ellen Celebrate Endorsements!

Tom Buglio, Chairman of the Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence:

“Mary Ellen scored a perfect score on both our Questionnaire and the CeaseFire Questionnaire on gun violence prevention, and no doubt will be a champion for our cause when elected to US Congress in the 7th district. The Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is proud to endorse Mary Ellen Balchunis for United States House of Representatives.”

Mary Ellen Balchunis, Democratic Nominee for PA’s 7th Congressional District:

“The CCCPGV has consistently and constantly pushed to stop gun violence in Chester County and beyond. I have been proud to work with them on their initiatives and am honored to have their endorsement.”

Mary Ellen will stand up against the NRA and protect our families and our children.

She has spoken out against gun violence and participated in many events to work for and lobby for common sense gun legislation.

Please come out and help us celebrate our endorsements with Admiral Joe Sestak on Wednesday, July 13th at Margret Kuo’s in Wayne from 5:30 – 7:30

Getting Tough on Gun Violence

from Josh Shapiro for Attorney General

“The horrific violence perpetrated against victims in every corner of our Commonwealth makes clear that we must do more to combat gun violence. Gun trafficking, straw purchases, and gray market gun sales threaten us all by putting weapons in the hands of dangerous people. As Attorney General, I will aggressively pursue the sources of these illegal guns and work with police and prosecutors across Pennsylvania to reduce gun violence.” – Josh Shapiro

Beef up and expand the Gun Violence Task Force beyond Philadelphia’s borders.
Establish and implement model gun show procedures.
Prosecute prohibited purchasers who fail background checks.
Review concealed carry permit reciprocity agreements.
Increase awareness of laws against straw purchasing and simplify purchase forms.
Expand background checks to cover private sales of long guns.
Advocate for a statewide lost or stolen gun reporting requirement….

read details of each point at Josh Shapiro for Attorney General


from Mary Ellen Balchunis, Dem candidate for US House PA-7, 6/20/16

Tonight, the U.S. Senate turned a blind eye to the majority of Americans who want common sense laws to stop gun violence. Once again, Washington has failed us. Congress refused to stand up to the NRA bullies and take action to keep our streets safe.  No matter how many tragedies, those in Washington can’t seem to get their priorities in order. 

We can no longer stand by, while our representatives show us constantly that they don’t have the courage or the leadership to act to keep us safe. This includes Pat Meehan, my opponent. He voted against the Assault Weapons Ban in 2015 and last week, after the Orlando tragedy, he doubled down and said he would do the same if the bill came to the House in 2016. This is an outrage and is wholly unacceptable. 

While my opponent’s position defies basic good sense and displays a woeful lack of courage and leadership, I will work every day for commonsense laws that prioritize safety in our schools, on our streets, and, throughout our communities — including the following measures:

Prevent people being investigated by the FBI or on the No Fly List from buying firearms, known as “No-Fly, No Buy” legislation.

Stop the sale of military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazine clips.

Close the gun show loophole by making background checks mandatory for all people looking to buy a gun. 

Keep guns out of the hands of those convicted of hate crimes.

Pat Meehan stands with the NRA — not the people of the 7th District. According to the Washington Post, out of the 18 congressmen in Pennsylvania, Meehan receives the fourth amount of money from the National Rifle Association.

I will never take a penny from the NRA. Because of that, they will go to war to against me. If you stand with me and for strengthening our gun laws to protect people and make our communities safer, please contribute today. Your contribution will help me fight Meehan and stand up to the NRA.

Visit our website for more information: