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Gun Sense Chester County, 6/14/17

We are very glad that the Congressmen and their security detail will be okay, following the shooting in Alexandria, VA by a man using an assault rifle and handgun. However, statistics show that it’s likely 93 other Americans will be killed by a gun today. Almost twice that will be injured.

Even though the Congressmen will recover physically, some may suffer symptoms of post traumatic stress, which happens for many people who have been exposed to gun violence.

Tired of seeing these stories? Wondering how to make a change?

Gun violence prevention is a large and complex challenge. However, surveys consistently show there is significant existing common ground across gun owners and non gun owners alike.

This includes straight forward items such as have a background check completed before every gun purchase….

keep reading at Gun Sense Chester County

5 Trump Cabinet Members Who’ve Made False Statements to Congress

by Eric Umansky and Marcelo Rochabrun, ProPublica, 3/2/17

Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn’t alone.

As most of the world knows by now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not tell the truth when he was asked during his confirmation hearings about contacts with Russian officials.

But Sessions isn’t the only one. At least four other cabinet members made statements during their nomination hearings that are contradicted by actual facts: EPA Chief Scott Pruitt, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

The statements were all made under oath, except those of DeVos. It is a crime to “knowingly” lie in testimony to Congress, but it’s rarely prosecuted….

keep reading at ProPublica. As the details make clear, when you are caught lying to Congress, it is less bad to give no answer at all than to tell new lies.

Cowardly Republicans Are Running Away from Voters and Cancelling Town Meetings This Weekend

By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet, February 17, 2017

Only 19 GOP members—a tiny number—will face critics in public.

Almost all congressional Republicans are scared of facing voters in town hall meetings over the long President’s Day weekend. Only 19 representatives and senators—a tiny number—will hold town meetings during the first recess of the current session of Congress, according to the Town Hall Project. But the group’s listing of these democratic mainstays barely tells the story.

According to an eye-opening Washington Post account, Republican officeholders have been cancelling planned town halls because they don’t want to face critics upset that they may soon lose their health insurance or see an increase in costs as the GOP plans to undermine Obamacare. Even worse, they don’t want organized progressive groups to show up with posters and video camera and determination to challenge them in public and post the confrontations on YouTube. …

keep reading at AlterNet
According to the Town Hall Project, the closest congressional Town Halls to Chester County are in Delaware and New Jersey. Congressional District PA 06 constituents have scheduled a Town Hall in Phoenixville for Feb. 25, 1-3 p.m., but at this point it is not known whether Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA 06) will appear or whether it will be an “empty chair” event. It will happen in either case.