By Dana Grubb
It must have been a Friday. I’m really not sure. But I am sure it was a counselors’ day off. Richly deserved and greatly appreciated. We were the counselors at Camp Shawnee, near Waymart, Pa., not to be confused with another Shawnee somewhere along the Delaware.
“The mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton are the latest, horrific examples of the violent scourge that is gripping America.
The perpetrators of these murders are cowards.
We must do more to keep guns out of the hands of psychopaths.
While no law will end mass shootings entirely, it’s time for Congress to act to help keep our communities safer.
We should start by passing bipartisan proposals such as my legislation with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV, to expand background checks to all commercial firearm sales.
“Enough. We don’t have to live like this. Politicians who refuse to take action to reduce gun violence are complicit in this carnage. If we’re going to truly confront this uniquely American problem, we have to speak uncomfortable truths. Over and over again, domestic terrorists use high powered, military-style assault weapons to kill our children and our families. There are a whole range of steps that must be taken. Congress’s first priority must be passing universal background checks, limiting the size of magazines and banning military-style assault weapons, among other measures.
Here are the facts as we know them as of this past weekend:
There was another shooting – the 250th of the year.
Aug. 4: Dayton, Ohio –mass shooting in historic district, 9 dead, 27 injured.
Aug. 3: El Paso, Texas – mass shooting in Walmart, 20 dead, 26 injured.
Aug. 2: Pomfred, Md. – domestic shooting, three dead, 1 injured.
Aug. 2: Suffolk, Va. – multiple crime scenes, two dead, three injured.
Mass shootings in the United States this year, according to the Gun Violence Archives, include:
January – 28 mass shootings, 50 killed, 86 wounded.
Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th
Office: 1 E. Broad St., Suite 120, Bethlehem
Phones: 610-868-8667; 717-787-4236.
Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th
Office 702 Hamilton St., Allentown
Phones: 610-821-8468; 717-787-1349.
Sen. Mario Scavello, R-40th
Office: 2 N. Robinson Ave., Pen Argyl; 2989 Route 611, Unit 103, Tannersville, Monroe County
Phones: 610-863-1200; 570-620-4326; 717-787-6123.
Rep. Bob Freeman, D-136th
Office: 215 Northampton St., Easton
Phones: 610-253-5543; 717-783-3815,
“Frances and I are mourning an especially horrific 24 hours of gun violence in America. We’re praying for the victims of El Paso and Dayton and two young women shot in Philadelphia last night. Many ills contribute to this rising violence. We can and must take action.
“We can ban assault weapons and institute stricter background checks. We can make communities safer. We can target white nationalism and promote tolerance. We can invest in mental health care and help those struggling.
We cannot accept this violence as normal.
We must act.
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