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Daley joins SAFE Caucus to discuss rising gun violence instances

(Jul 22, 2021)

Daley and other members of the caucus believe that all types of violence can be reduced through adequate funding for mental health services, stronger tools for law enforcement, resources to curb the effects of addiction and illegal drugs, and other solutions that promote public safety. Read more

Legislators urge organizations to apply for gun violence grants

(Jun 26, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – With the deadline to apply fast approaching, the members of the PA SAFE Caucus are urging nonprofits and local governments to apply for a share of $5 million available to help fund programs aimed at reducing gun violence in Pennsylvania. “Every day, communities around Pennsylvania feel the impacts of gun violence, and we simply have to do more to keep people safe,” said Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware and co-chair of the PA SAFE Caucus. “I’m hopeful that this funding will help local nonprofits and government organizations implement programs that will reduce the violence that devastates so many families. I encourage those eligible to apply soon.” According to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which manages the grant program, the organization will prioritize support for nonprofit organizations working at the neighborhood and community level to prevent and reduce gun violence, especially those that have not previously received funding. “The crisis of gun violence is destroying families and communities every day in Pennsylvania, and we need to make sure that that we are using every possible tool to combat it,” said Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny and co-chair of the PA SAFE Caucus. “This grant program creates opportunities for community organizations that know their neighborhoods best to lead the way in improving public safety.” More information about the grant program Read more

Frankel: Legislature must stop stonewalling and empower local communities to protect people

(Jun 03, 2021)

Legislation would allow communities to respond to shootings, violence by ending state preemption Read more

Sanchez & Zabel: 72 hours could save your life

(May 14, 2021)

If you agree with us that implementing a 72-hour waiting period for firearm transfers would help save lives, contact your state representatives and state senators, as well as Judiciary Committee Chairman Rob Kauffman, and demand H.B. 1306 receive real consideration. Read more

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Let’s support these three, commonsense gun violence measures | Opinion

(Mar 25, 2021)

To be a lawful, responsible gun owner does not mean carrying allegiance to any political party. It means caring about your community. It means wanting to keep your children, family and neighbors safe. Read more

Addressing gun violence must be a priority. So, we’re addressing it.

(Aug 21, 2020)

A myriad of bipartisan bills designed to reduce gun violence and keep our communities safer – none of which come anywhere close to wholesale rejection of the 2nd Amendment, as fear mongers might have you believe – continue to languish in committee, not even deemed important enough to discuss, let alone receive votes. Read more

Delaware County lawmakers call for investigation into violence against Black Lives Matter supporters

(Aug 07, 2020)

HARRISBURG (August 7, 2020) – Today, a group of state lawmakers from Delaware County called for District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer to investigate violence and intimidation aimed at Black Lives Matter supporters during a march in Ridley Township on Saturday, August 1 st . State Sens. Tim Kearney and Anthony Williams as well as State Reps. Leanne Krueger, Margo Davidson, David Delloso, Brian Kirkland, and Joanna McClinton signed the letter, which details how peaceful protesters were met with violence and intimidation by a group of counter-protesters. The letter calls for Delaware County’s District Attorney to investigate the counter-protesters’ actions and the Ridley Township Police Department’s response. “I was proud to participate in the Black Lives Matter protest and stand with people of all races and all ages against systemic racism,” said Sen. Tim Kearney . “But I was disturbed by the hate and intimidation that I witnessed firsthand from counter-protesters. We are better than that. We need to make sure our community feels safe when peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights.” “I join others across our community in expressing horror that this demonstration of love and support for Black lives was met by a menacing group with a mission to taunt and intimidate peaceful protesters,” said Rep. Leanne Krueger . “Instead of actively protecting the First Amendment rights of our Read more

Sanchez stands up to pass gun safety laws

(Mar 10, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Ben Sanchez joined state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta to address gun violence across the commonwealth. He explained that his legislation would help protect Pennsylvanians and keep firearms in the hands of responsible owners. Read more

Rep. Kirkland appointed co-chair of PA SAFE Caucus

(Feb 14, 2020)

“Given Republican leadership’s commitment to inaction, we must get creative to cut gun violence at its roots. Through his work both in Harrisburg and his district, Representative Kirkland has exhibited the leadership needed to fight the scourge of gun violence.” Read more

Rep. Kirkland responds to Gov. Wolf’s state budget proposal

(Feb 04, 2020)

“Governor Wolf addressed so many critical issues, and I am hopeful all of us in the legislature can find some common ground so we can better fund our schools, increase the minimum wage, improve our communities and keep all in our commonwealth safer. I look forward to continuing to work for the 159th and all Pennsylvanians.” Read more