From Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action <[email protected]>
Subject Bulletproof backpacks or life-saving gun safety laws?
Date August 31, 2023 6:24 PM
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Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,
Kids are heading back to school–and parents are grappling with the possibility that the unthinkable could happen. In Pennsylvania schools, the unthinkable has become all too common—with at least 21 school-related shootings in PA alone since 2015. Parents live in fear of the next shooting as children as young as toddlers have to go through active shooter drills, making way for “solutions” like bulletproof backpacks.

This isn’t the way to keep our kids safe. No parent should have to even think about buying a bulletproof backpack for their child and no student should have to worry about getting shot at school.

The Common Agenda to End Gun Violence is the real solution– four life-saving bills that would make our kids safer from gun violence both in their schools and the broader community. Click the image below to contact your legislators now and tell them to do their job of keeping us safe. [1]
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Thanks to your advocacy, two bills in our Common Agenda, Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) and universal background checks, have already passed the House with bipartisan support. But now they're stalled, waiting for a vote in the State Senate. [2] Both would make our kids safer.
In 2006, a man opened fire on a small school in an Amish community in Lancaster County, taking girls as hostages. [3] The shooter had shown multiple warning signs— had ERPO legislation been in place, his firearms could’ve been removed by law enforcement, saving the lives of 5 young girls.
In Texas just 4 years ago, a shooter opened fire into a crowd, killing a 15-year-old and injuring a 17-month-old. [4] The assailant, who had already failed a background check, was able to access a rifle through a private sale, which did not require a background check. [5] Pennsylvania law has this exact same gap, which could be closed through universal background check legislation to prevent tragedies just like this one.

Bulletproof backpacks aren’t the tools we need to prevent the next shooting. Life-saving, evidence-based policies are. These laws have already been proven to work to prevent violence and save lives. But we need your support to push PA lawmakers to take action. Will you stand with us?
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Adam Garber
Executive Director
CeaseFirePA Action
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