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.
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.
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
Philadelphia City Hall Courtyard
CeaseFirePA joins Montco elected officials & survivors to talk about the need for GVP laws
Montgomery County Courthouse
Lehigh Valley Friends of CeaseFirePA
Arts in the Park 5th St. Allentown
Saturday June 2nd
3rd Annual ANGEL picnic
Liberty Lands Park-Philadelphia
Moms Demand Action Events
Penn Treaty Park 1301 Beach St.
Market Square Pittsburgh 210 Forbes Ave
Penn Square by Fulton Bank
-Warwick township park 1733 township greene, Janison PA
-Reading Public Museum, 500 Museum Rd
Soldiers Memorial Park
Unitarian Universalists of the Cumberland Valley – UUCV 2 Forge Rd; PO Box 207, Boiling Springs
Sunday June 3rd
157 Gay St.
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.
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):
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Kearney SD26 100%
Tanner Rouse SD26 100%
Stephanie Walsh S38 100%
Lindsey Williams S38 95%
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%