Philadelphia standoff reinforces need for gun reform in Pa.

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 16 – In the aftermath of a seven-hour police standoff that wounded six officers in north Philadelphia, state Rep. Kevin Boyle is renewing his call for the need to address gun violence in the commonwealth. 


“The act of violence that occurred Wednesday evening against our law enforcement and the community is a clear-cut sign that we have a public health and safety crisis in Philadelphia,” Boyle said. “The residents didn’t deserve to have their lives put on hold and potentially in harm’s way, and the Philadelphia Police Department certainly didn’t deserve the actions of this suspected gunman. 


“I applaud Governor Wolf’s initial action to sign an executive order aimed at reducing gun violence, and I appreciate that he postponed it out of respect for the Philadelphia police officers. Something must be done in the commonwealth to tackle the gun violence epidemic,” Boyle said. 


Recently, Boyle and fellow legislators called on Wolf to convene a special session of the House and Senate to address the gun violence issue following the mass shootings in Ohio and Texas. Because large capacity ammunition magazines were reportedly used in these shootings, Boyle introduced legislation (H.B. 1762) that would prohibit this type of ammo magazine in Pennsylvania. 


“Whether the suspect in Wednesday’s police standoff used this type of magazine or not, I feel there is no reason for it to be allowed in Pennsylvania,” Boyle said. “The fact remains the same: we are not immune to mass shootings in the commonwealth and this standoff just solidifies that fact. It was fortunate that there were no fatalities and no residents were physically hurt. However, we can no longer stand idly by and watch communities being torn apart by these senseless acts of violence.”