Gun violence tears at the fabric of a community. Gun violence destabilizes a community. I'm working against gun violence to get illegal handguns off the street, so that our communities can be safe places to live and thrive. I hope you will join me in our work against gun violence.Click to Watch
Taking A Stand Against Gun Violence
Nearly 1200 Pennsylvanians lose their lives to gun violence every year. Thousands more are injured. Every victim has friends, family, neighbors, classmates, and coworkers who will carry the experience with them for the rest of their lives. Together with CeaseFirePA, survivors of gun violence are taking a stand against gun violence by sharing their stories and dedicating themselves to fight against illegal guns.
Watch the testimonies below and help share them with your personal networks on Facebook, Twitter, or email. If you have your own story, please share it with us, and we will make sure that more people have the opportunity gain strength from your voice.
If you have never personally suffered from gun violence, you can show support for those who have by sharing your pledge to take a stand against gun violence. Use the links below to send your support or share your story.
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I'm terribly concerned about the escalating gun violence. We need to make as much effort as possible to be sure that individuals in our state are kept safe. This is not only a public safety issue. It is very costly health issue as well. I'm taking stand against gun violence and I hope you will join me.Click to Watch
I'm taking a pledge against gun violence. My stepson was killed by gun violence. He was killed just for hanging with the wrong crowd. You should be able to hang with whoever you like without having to worry about your life being taken at such a young age. You and everybody else should make a pledge against gun violence.Click to Watch
I first became interested in the subject in 1963. I was a young security officer for the US Department of State and when President Kennedy was assassinated I was called to participate in an investigation into Lee Harvey Oswald. We found immediately that he was able to purchase the weapon used to kill President Kennedy by mail order. No questions asked. He just filled out a form and it was shipped. He used that weapon to kill the president.Click to Watch
Four years ago my 24 year old son was shot four times at close range and he is now quadriplegic. I believe it is the duty of all of us to protect our citizens. I don't want any other mother to find out in the middle of the night that her son has been shot and may not live. I believe it is the duty of the people we elect to protect us, to actually protect us.Click to Watch
This June I lost my father, my best friend, and two friends from the neighborhood. I feel that nobody should have to go through the amount of pain I've been through this year. Hopefully when you see this, you'll realize there are actually people who are suffering and in pain.Click to Watch
My daughter lost one of her dear friends to gun violence at the Baldwin School. It was a tragic incident that shocked this Main Line community - that something like this could happen in our own backyard, and it made me realize how vulnerable we all are to the randomness of gun violence.Click to Watch
An employee of mine was shot to death in my work site at a child care center in front of 20 three year old children. I did not understand how this particular woman, who clearly had psychiatric issues, was able to obtain a gun and pursue my employee and kill her.Click to Watch
"I live in Philadelphia now, but I grew up in Johnstown, PA. My sister was killed. Someone decided that her life wasn't important. I'm taking a stand against gun violence because I know what it does to a family. My church is taking a stand against gun violence. 70% of my church members have been impacted by gun violence."Click to Watch
"I lost my youngest son to gun violence. He was home from college for the first time and went to a party. He was gunned down by a minor who shouldn't have a gun. So we work to do all we can to eradicate, reduce, and stop violence in this country."Click to Watch
"For two days I watched helplessly in fear as his life slipped away. Ryan inspires me everyday to fight to keep illegal handguns off our streets. My baby was silenced. But I wont be. And I will tell Ryan's story over and over again until something is done."Click to Watch
"I've seen children as young as three years old fall victims of gun violence. We saw in a 21 hour period, six victims of gun violence. We realized we couldn't just watch TV or go online and update Facebook and Twitter about it. We had to go into our community and do something."Click to Watch
"My son was murdered April 7, 2010 here in Lancaster City. I'm making this pitch to anybody whose listening. Hear my voice. See my face. Please get the guns off the streets. There's too many murders, too many robberies. Stop another family from feeling the way I felt. Stop another family from having to make funeral arrangements."Click to Watch
"I'm a minister at the Brightside Baptist Church in Lancaster. Unfortunately, I'm also a parent of a murder victim. Our son was gunned down two months ago. I've been ministering to families of victims of violence for years. I really thought I knew what they were going through. I had no clue. When it happens to you and your family, it's devastating."Click to Watch
"Very often people want to talk in concepts about the Second Amendment, which I understand. But on the other hand we dont talk about concepts at the local level. We talk about the funeral of a 7 year old girl caught between the crossfire of two gangs. We talk about the 16 year old boy on his way home from work who was shot and killed. We have to take steps to make sure that guns dont fall into the wrong hands."Click to Watch
Click here to share your own testimony about why you are taking a stand against gun violence.