Tag Archives: gun violence prevention

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

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

Appeal to Republican lawmakers on background checks

Letter to Daily Local News from Will Wood, 4/03/18

The Republican party has its roots in solving a national crisis. The party was started by voters willing to put aside all other issues to focus on abolishing slavery, and to their great credit, they succeeded. At this point in our history our country seems to be in the grips of many crises, but among them is one that offers some low hanging fruit.

A recent Fox News poll showed that 91 percent of American voters support universal background checks for gun purchasers. I would bet 91 percent of Americans don’t even agree on apple pie and baseball, but they agree on universal background checks.

Expanding background checks has come before the Senate three times since 1999. You would expect that the votes in Senate would reflect public sentiment, since that is what legislators are hired to do, however only 11 percent of Republican Senators voted to close the gun show loophole in 1999, 8 percent in 2015, and 2 percent (one lone Senator) in 2016 which is pretty much the exact opposite of the will of the electorate. By contrast 98 percent of the Democratic Senators voted to close the gun show loop hole in 1999, 98 percent voted to close the loophole in 2015, and 93 percent voted for it in 2016, which is much more reflective of public opinion….

keep reading at Daily Local News

Pa. House must do its part to protect domestic abuse victims from gun violence

Philadelphia Inquirer, March 26, 2018

Remarkably, all 50 Pennsylvania state senators voted yes on Delaware Country Republican Sen. Thomas Killian’s bill to take guns away from people with a history of domestic violence.

It is remarkable because the Pennsylvania legislature is typically so cowed by the National Rifle Association that it deep-freezes even the most reasonable firearms safety measures. Even this common-sense bill, for example, sat in committee for a year before coming up for votes last week.

That’s a welcome indication of how much public sentiment has changed since the survivors of the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., called out the NRA for its constant, reckless promotion of deadly weaponry that has no place in hunting or sport shooting….

keep reading at Philadelphia Inquirer And now, urge your representative in the PA House to support the bill.