Some say the time following a mass killing is a time for grieving, not a time to talk about gun control. Perhaps we have grieved enough, due to the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. It is time to have a serious conversation about guns.
Governor Tom Wolf has signed an order to make sweeping changes to executive branch agencies and programs to better target the public health crisis of gun violence. The executive order is the result of months of work by the Wolf administration to focus on substantive steps that can be taken to reduce gun violence and make communities safer. Wolf was joined by Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Charles Ramsey, who will use his expertise in a new role advising the executive branch on implementing these changes.
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.