As the nation continues to grapple with the latest mass shooting, which claimed the lives of 19 schoolchildren and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, and the gun violence that devastates communities every day, Governor Tom Wolf today joined Today CeaseFirePA, state and local gun violence officials, advocates and survivors at a rally in Philadelphia to urge elected officials to take meaningful action to end gun violence.
“Too many communities here and across the country have experienced the terror of a mass shooting, and too many communities face gun violence every day that may not make national headlines, but still leaves the fear, grief and grief in their wake. Gun violence has become entrenched in our country, and the fact that our lawmakers at the state and national levels seem to agree with this is the greatest tragedy of all,” Governor Wolf said. “I’m heartbroken. I’m angry. But I refuse to back down from asking our lawmakers to enact common sense legislation that protects Pennsylvanians.
The tragedy in Uvalde, Texas once again highlights the devastating frequency of mass shootings across the country, yet gun violence happens every day in communities across Pennsylvania.
For years, Governor Wolf has supported CeaseFire PA’s common sense agenda to end gun violence, calling for the following basic gun laws:
- Require reporting of lost or stolen weapons within 72 hours.
- Close loopholes and require background checks on all gun sales.
- Require safe storage of firearms to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands to prevent accidental injuries/deaths and suicides.
- Create red flag laws to protect those who may be a danger to themselves or others.
“Guns kill more children in Pennsylvania than anything else because too many lawmakers have decided that should be their fate. It’s not a law of nature, it’s the law of man And that means we can change it, but only if we refuse to accept less from every elected official in Pennsylvania,” CeaseFirePA Executive Director Adam Garber said. “At CeaseFirePA, we won’t stop until everyone world will not be able to live free from armed violence.”
Yet the Republican-led General Assembly and Republican members of Congress refuse to respond adequately to this crisis. Throughout his administration, the governor has taken a number of actions and vetoed a dangerous bill that would have relaxed restrictions, putting Pennsylvanians at risk. He promises to continue to prioritize ending gun violence.
“I will continue to do everything I can to bring peace to our communities, but what we really need is for our legislators to do their job and pass laws. Doing nothing is absolutely unacceptable. Every day that ‘they delay, lives are at stake,” Governor Wolf said. “My message to the leaders of Congress and the Pennsylvania General Assembly is simple: Do your job. Protect our children.
govtErnor Wolf has worked to address gun violence in Pennsylvania throughout his tenure:
- In 2019, he signed an executive order making sweeping changes to gun violence in Pennsylvania, including creating a Special Council on Gun Violence.
- It has invested over $50 million in community-based gun violence prevention programs across the Commonwealth.
- It included an additional $35 million in grants and technical assistance to support community gun violence prevention efforts in its 2022-23 budget proposal.
- He included an additional $36 million in the 2022-23 budget proposal for behavioral health services, restoring two-thirds of the cuts decided in the previous administration, and he is open to including additional funds.
- In October 2021, it signed a memorandum of understanding with New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut to share firearms data in an effort to prevent gun violence and improve public safety.
- In December 2021, he vetoed Senate Bill 565, dangerous legislation that would have removed license and background check requirements for concealed carry permits and canceled Philadelphia’s requirement for a permit. port opening.
- In January 2022, he vetoed House Bill 979, which would discourage local jurisdictions from attempting to regulate guns.