CeaseFirePA is launching a significant Independent Expenditure campaign to elect Paul Friel to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 26th District, based in Chester and Montgomery counties.
Among the findings: more than half of youth have lost a family member to the gun violence epidemic. The research, conducted by CeaseFirePA Education Fund and The Greater Pittsburgh Coalition Against Violence, finds that statistics showing the rise in shootings only tell part of the story. For most surveyed youth, the gun violence crisis has them regularly concerned, and many directly impacted.
Today, CeaseFirePA Action, the Commonwealth’s leading gun violence prevention advocacy organization, endorsed a slate of candidates capable of achieving a gun safety majority in the Pennsylvania General Assembly that will put Pennsylvanians’ lives first.
Today, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a budget that invests $105 million in violence prevention programs. More than doubling the size of last year’s program, this funding will allow community-led organizations and local governments to expand evidence-based programs to intervene and prevent violence before it happens. Read more.
Dozens of PA Local Officials Urge Chairman Knowles to Hold First Public Hearing on Gun Violence This Legislative Session
Today, a coalition of 80 local elected officials, community leaders, public health professionals, and faith leaders, as well as members of the veteran, law enforcement, and education communities from across Pennsylvania, sent a letter to Representative Jerry Knowles, Chairman of the PA House Local Government Committee, asking him to schedule a hearing on four gun violence prevention bills that are awaiting action in his committee.
After Uvalde, Even More Pennsylvanians Want Stronger Gun Violence Prevention Laws & Gun Safety Legislators
The first Pennsylvania poll on gun violence prevention since Uvalde revealed a deepening commitment to addressing this public health crisis among likely voters. The majority of likely voters (58%) are now more likely to support stronger gun safety laws after the mass shooting.
A week after a mass shooting destroyed celebrations on Philadelphia’s South Street, the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee considered life-saving legislation for the first time this session. Unfortunately, four impactful bills were shelved via parliamentary procedure. Read our statement and take action.
“Partnering with Rep. Jenn O’Mara and CeaseFirePA to host this Town Hall was critical to our efforts to push forth meaningful gun safety reform legislation in the Commonwealth,” said Sen. Kearney. “Seeing so many concerned citizens turn out for this event gives me hope that collectively, we are moving closer to actionable ways to combat this epidemic.”
Pennsylvanians are living through a slow-moving massacre. For the first time this session, the House Judiciary Committee is considering evidence-based solutions to this crisis. We urge them to support these solutions so a floor vote can happen and we can save lives.