Die-In for Pulse Nightclub Shooting Anniversary

Today students from across the Commonwealth organized a die-in as part of a nationwide movement to remember those lost in the Pulse Nightclub Shooting two years ago in Orlando, Florida.

The group met on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Students were joined by our CeaseFirePA Philadelphia Student Interns.

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CDC says Suicide Rates have Increased Almost 30%

The CDC released a new report this week stating that suicide rates have increased almost 30% since 1999. Suicides accounted for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016.

Pennsylvania matched the nationwide results as firearms were the most common method for suicide, accounting for almost half of the deaths. The number of suicides by firearms has exceeded the number of homicides by firearms. Less than 10% of people who attempt suicide by firearm survive.

The new report comes as there have been three high profile suicides this week; Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, and PA Wrestler Charles Williams. Williams shot himself and then his wife in Chester County.

Waiting periods for purchasing firearms and extreme risk protection orders could prevent those attempting to take their own from getting access to a firearm.

If you or someone who love are in need of help, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800 273-8255.

Here is a link to the full CDC report.

Here is a link to an NPR story on the report. 

 

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Wear Orange Day Events

 

This is the weekend of National Gun Violence Awareness Day also known as Wear Orange Day.  Gun Violence Prevention groups from all over the Commonwealth will be hosting events.  Here is a list of events around PA.

Friday June 1st — This event has been canceled due to a bad weather forecast

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Wear Orange Event
11:00am-4:00pm
Philadelphia City Hall Courtyard

CeaseFirePA joins Montco elected officials & survivors to talk about the need for GVP laws
1:30
Montgomery County Courthouse

Lehigh Valley Friends of CeaseFirePA
6:30-8:30
Arts in the Park 5th St. Allentown

Saturday June 2nd 

3rd Annual ANGEL picnic
10:30-3:00
Liberty Lands Park-Philadelphia

Moms Demand Action Events
Philadelphia
10AM
Penn Treaty Park 1301 Beach St.

Pittsburgh
 12PM-2PM
Market Square Pittsburgh 210 Forbes Ave

Lancaster
 10AM- 1PM
Penn Square by Fulton Bank

Bucks County
9AM- 12PM
-Warwick township park 1733 township greene, Janison PA

Berks County
 12PM- 3PM
-Reading Public Museum, 500 Museum Rd

Lewisburg
 6:30PM-9:30PM
Soldiers Memorial Park

Cumberland Valley
9AM- 4PM
Unitarian Universalists of the Cumberland Valley – UUCV 2 Forge Rd; PO Box 207, Boiling Springs

Sunday June 3rd 

West Chester
11AM
157 Gay St.

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On last week’s Judiciary Committee Hearings

Last week the PA House Judiciary committee hosted a hearing on firearm laws.  Our intern, Nisa Raz wrote the follow summary of the hearings:

The May 22 Public Hearing on Pennsylvania firearm laws and public safety was hosted by republican Chairman Ronald Marsico. This provided a forum for nine individuals belonging to various gun related organizations to voice their diverse opinions on gun laws to the Judiciary Committee. Many issues were brought up during the hearing including domestic abuse, suicide, and school safety. Marybeth Christiansen of Moms Demand Action emphasized the importance of SB 501 Domestic Violence Protection Bill. Currently, a convicted abuser has 60 days to turn over his firearm to whomever he wants. Mrs. Christiansen  told heart wrenching stories of domestic abuse cases where deaths could have been prevented if SB 501 was in place. SB 501 would require a firearm turnover between 1-2 days, and for the firearm to go to “law enforcement, to a licensed gun dealer, or in the case of a final PFA, to an attorney”. Shira Goodman, Executive Director of CeaseFirePA highlighted Rep. Stephens’ Red Flag Bill to establish an Extreme Risk Protection Order. The Bill’s purpose is to temporarily take away a person’s gun or prevent them from purchasing a firearm for up to one year if the person shows warning signs of being a potential risk to themselves or to others. If the person no longer poses as a threat, or the crisis has passed, the gun may be returned without extensive processing. Mrs. Goodman addressed fact that suicide is often a snap judgement, and by having individuals live without the presence of a firearm can lead to fewer impulsive actions, may also serve as a wake up call to seek help. Opinions regarding how to avert gun violence in schools ranged across the board, from  Joshua Prince, Esq. and Rep. Rick Saccone who argued that schools should be “hardened”. They recommended that teachers be armed, and students were taught how to handle guns if necessary. Madeleine Dean, whose ideas had clashed with theirs on most other aspects of gun regulations, agreed that educating children on firearm safety has become a necessity. Committee members will discuss the issues presented during Tuesday’s hearing, and will hopefully release progressive legislation ensuring further public safety from gun violence.

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Middle school shooting in Indiana

The Latest: Adult and Child Hurt in Indiana School Shooting

By The Associated Press
May 25, 2018
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — The Latest on a possible shooting at an Indiana middle school (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

An official says an adult and a child were injured in a shooting at an Indiana middle school and were taken to hospitals in Indianapolis.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/05/25/us/ap-us-school-shooting-indiana-the-latest.amp.html

 

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Primary Candidate Scores

CeaseFire Pennsylvania the advocacy arm of CeaseFirePA sent candidate questionnaires to all candidates competing in 5/15 Primary.  These questionnaires were only sent to individuals in competitive primaries and an alternative round of questionnaires will be sent after the primaries for the general.  Here, you can find the questionnaire to see what was asked.  Below, are the names of the candidates, the district in which they are running, and their scores.  If you are a candidate who has a competitve primary and have not recieved a questionnaire please email: ceasefire_pennsylvania@ceasefirepa.org

PA SENATE

Tim Kearney SD26 100%
Tanner Rouse SD26 100%
Stephanie Walsh S38 100%
Lindsey Williams S38 95%

PA HOUSE

Steve Malagarni           HD53     100%
Alex Deering                 HD181   100%
Jeffrey McFall               H167     100%
Aerion Abney                H19       100%
Maggie Borski              HD177   100%
Cathy Spahr                  HD160  100%
Josh Maxwell                HD74    100%
Sara Innamorato         HD21     100%
Jill Linta                        HD166   100%
Josh Fultz                     HD82      20%
Joe Webster                 H150      100%
Paul Costa                    HD34     100%
Jacob Pavlecic             HD30     100%
Danielle Friel Otten   HD155    100%
John McCabe              HD54      100%
Michael Devine          HD20      100%
Jay Breneman            HD2        100%
Anton Andrew           HD160    100%

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