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  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
February 13, 2024 at 5:03 PM

He couldn't buy a gun–but can buy a ghost gun kit that is as deadly.

A bill to ban ghost guns is awaiting action in HarrisburgGun Violence Prevention Advocate, Fifteen-year-olds can’t buy a firearm. But, they can buy an untraceable, ghost gun kit, quickly assemble it in their home and then use it to kill someone. That’s precisely what happened last week in Delaware C…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
February 6, 2024 at 6:45 PM

Let the green flow to stop the red from flowing in our communities

This will save lives, if the General Assembly enacts it.Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  Governor Shapiro just proposed investing $100 million to combat gun violence--including a significant CeaseFirePA request to inspect gun dealers to ensure they aren’t enabling firearm trafficking.This is a big…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
January 18, 2024 at 8:39 PM

This has never happened before

Assault weapons ban passes PA House Judiciary Committee.Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  Yesterday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Judiciary Committee advanced a ban on selling assault weapons.1 This is a first after decades of mass shootings have turned the places where we learn, pray,…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Education Fund · [email protected]
January 11, 2024 at 7:23 PM

Your representative & Senator Saval need to watch this

Your legislator needs to hear Kareem's storyFriend, Every lawmaker in Pennsylvania needs to see Jeani’s story. In 2012, she came home to the worst thing any parent can imagine: her 17-year-old son, Kareem, soaked in his own blood and lying dead in his bed.  He was shot by local gang members with a f…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
December 21, 2023 at 3:10 PM

How unsecured guns endanger children

Take action now to support safe storage. Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  I’m going to tell you a hard story – but it’s important for you to hear. Andrew’s story is every family member’s worst nightmare. At 10 years old, Chris was playing at a friend's house when his friend pulled out his father'…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Education Fund · [email protected]
December 10, 2023 at 4:16 PM

Share your own story

What’s Your Gun Violence Story? Gun Violence Prevention Advocate, There is power in a story. Fundamentally, social change is premised on the stories we tell ourselves as individuals and a society – a story of injustice and the path to correct it. That’s why this week we’ve been sharing the stories o…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Education Fund · [email protected]
December 9, 2023 at 4:33 PM

You understand how our system is deadly - now share the stories

Take The Next Step Gun Violence Prevention Advocate, This past week, you’ve watched some of our powerful stories of survivors describing firsthand how their pain could’ve been prevented – if only the solutions at our disposal were used by policymakers.  Once you’ve seen how Pennsylvania’s system is …
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Education Fund · [email protected]
December 6, 2023 at 3:02 PM

These firsthand stories reveal the truth about gun violence

New Storytelling Project Launches TodayBehind most gun deaths is a system that’s designed to be deadly. Hey Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  I’m really excited to share a huge new project with you that we’ve been working on for months and is finally ready to launch...It’s time to face the truth: g…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Education Fund · [email protected]
November 22, 2023 at 6:16 PM

Gun Violence Prevention Advocate, here’s how you can help us fight gun violence

Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,   Mark your calendars! Don’t forget that after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, comes Giving Tuesday.This year, you have the chance to multiply your impact on an issue you care about: ending gun violence. Right now, all gifts up to $36,000 will be matched by a gener…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
November 14, 2023 at 9:01 PM

Another win in Harrisburg today for gun safety

Safe storage legislation could save lives from unintentional shootings Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  After standing shoulder to shoulder with gun safety legislative champions in the Capitol yesterday to launch our new campaign pressuring the Senate to not waste one day more on inaction,1 we ha…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
November 13, 2023 at 6:33 PM

175 days of inaction: not one day more

New Campaign Launched Today in Harrisburg Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  I just finished standing with legislative leaders and gun safety champions in Harrisburg to launch a new campaign that will shape our work for the coming months: Not One Day More. We unveiled a new installation in the PA …
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
November 8, 2023 at 3:12 PM

Your voice vs. the gun lobby

Support federal action on gun background checks Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  It’s an exciting time for gun safety: after Congress passed the historic Bipartisan Safer Communities Act and strengthened gun background checks after the Uvalde massacre, now we have the chance to enact a new federal…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
November 3, 2023 at 5:34 PM

More guns in PA schools?

Take action now to oppose S.B. 907 Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  Just 5 years ago, a shooter opened fire on students and teachers in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people. It was an unforgettable tragedy. What you may not remember is that there was an armed officer posted at the school that day,…
  Carol Lastowka, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
October 30, 2023 at 3:40 PM

Boo! Don’t miss tonight’s Meet-and-Treat CeaseFirePA meeting at 7 pm!

Last chance to register for tonight's Volunteer Meeting! Gun Violence Prevention Advocate, It's your last chance to register for tonight's Meet and Treat Volunteer Meeting! RSVP Now Treats!  We’ll raffle off 2 of our coveted travel mugs while sharing our autumn plans to end gun violence!Tricks! We …
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
October 27, 2023 at 12:33 PM

Solemn remembrance, righteous action

Take action now to ban assault weapons in PA Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  Today marks a solemn day of remembrance in our Commonwealth. Five years ago today, a shooter armed with an assault rifle attacked a Pittsburgh synagogue, killing eleven worshipers and wounding six others.1 It was the dea…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
October 26, 2023 at 12:01 PM

Lewistown–The 565th mass shooting of 2023

How many more funerals before they act? Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  As I sat around the campfire in the beautiful Poconos last night with the CeaseFirePA team for our staff retreat, the news streamed in: more than 20 murdered and dozens injured at a bowling alley and restaurant in Lewistown, …
  Carol Lastowka, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
October 17, 2023 at 7:14 PM

RSVP Now for our Meet-n-Treat Statewide Volunteer Meeting

Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  Come join us for a treat as we gather to end gun violence at a statewide volunteer meeting. Right now, volunteers got us to a historic situation: two life-saving gun violence prevention bills passed out of the state House1 with bipartisan support and more life-sav…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
October 15, 2023 at 4:36 PM

BIG things are happening for gun safety in PA

Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  This year, we had big wins for the gun safety movement. And as one of our active supporters, we want to share them with you. Check out our newsletter below for a recap of some of the incredible work our movement has done in the past few months.  Read our Newslette…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Education Fund · [email protected]
October 12, 2023 at 3:48 PM

One exciting resource to help end gun violence in PA

Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  Did you know? CeaseFirePA offers presentations as a key piece of our educational programming! Over 1,900 Pennsylvanians died from gun violence last year, and we want to give you and your community the tools to make a difference. Our Leadership Institute presentati…
  Kristin Miller Song w/ CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
October 9, 2023 at 3:04 PM

John Fetterman needs to hear your voice

 Please note: below the “thank you” button, this email contains an especially difficult story told directly by a mother who lost her son to an unintentional shooting.   Dear Gun Violence Prevention Advocate, I am happy to report that after our advocacy, Senator John Fetterman has stepped up to beco…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
October 5, 2023 at 5:36 PM

did you see this story?

Did you see this story in the New York Times today?1 A new analysis by the American Academy of Pediatrics2 found that "the rate of firearm fatalities among children under 18 increased by 87 percent from 2011 through 2021 in the United States. The death rate attributable to car accidents fell by almo…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
September 30, 2023 at 3:15 PM

Gun Violence Prevention Advocate, we couldn’t do this without you

 “Me and the other thousands of students in Philadelphia and the hundreds of thousands of students across Pennsylvania have to go to school everyday afraid.”  - Cayla WaddingtonGun Violence Prevention Advocate,  Cayla Waddington is a high school student and gun safety activist who joined us at a pr…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
September 22, 2023 at 7:54 PM

I'm with Pres. Biden today for a huge announcement

Our movement just scored a big win Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  I’m here at the White House today with exciting news that we’re sharing with only our most engaged supporters as a thank you for all you do for our movement, friend. President Biden has just announced the creation of the first-eve…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
September 20, 2023 at 3:51 PM

Why I’m hopeful we can end gun violence

Young people’s leadership is inspiringDear Gun Violence Advocate, I know that sometimes our fight to end gun violence can seem hopeless. Whenever I’m feeling a need to renew my energy, I remind myself of hopeful messages like this one: “If we could do more things like this and have the community wra…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
September 16, 2023 at 2:33 PM

The real way to keep kids safe in school

At least 21 shootings have taken place in Pennsylvania schools since 2015.1 Kids, parents, and teachers all live in fear that the next shooting will happen in their school, and everyone is asking themselves: “How can we stay safe?”Some have suggested adding armed guards in K-12 schools–despite year…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
September 13, 2023 at 4:02 PM

we won’t back down...especially after this

 Meredith prepares to testify in front of the PA House Judiciary Committee, March 23, 2023 (photo credit: Michael Mason)Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  One year ago, Meredith Elizalde’s 14-year old son, Nick, was murdered outside Philadelphia’s Roxborough High School after a football practice.1 …
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
September 8, 2023 at 4:57 PM

did you see this?

“I have two children in public school, and I work in a public school. I am scared for my children’s safety every day and I struggle with what I would do if there was an active shooter in my building. It causes me much anxiety and I am so nauseated by the thought of my children being gunned down in …
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
August 31, 2023 at 6:24 PM

Bulletproof backpacks or life-saving gun safety laws?

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 fe…
  Rick Gray, CeaseFirePA Board Member · [email protected]
August 25, 2023 at 3:36 PM

As Mayor they tried to sue me. Now I’m fighting back.

Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,   As a former Mayor of Lancaster, I have seen the devastation gun violence can cause in a community. My experience has led me to understand the importance of gun violence prevention laws and pushing Harrisburg to act.But now, a new legal threat against gun safety h…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
August 17, 2023 at 7:01 PM

"That baby should be here, not six feet under."

Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  It was just another normal day in the Brewerytown neighborhood of Philadelphia, when a neighbor witnessed a woman run outside her home, carrying a bleeding child's body and screaming for help.1 That 2-year-old girl soon after died from a gunshot wound to the head,…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
August 9, 2023 at 6:14 PM

It could never happen here... then it did

Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  In late July of 2021, a deadly shootout shook Mt. Lebanon – a quiet, leafy suburb in Pittsburgh’s South Hills. A troubled young man shot his parents during a fight, and opened fire on police who responded to the scene. The tragedy ended with two concerned parents …
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
August 1, 2023 at 3:32 PM

Gun lobby or you: who did your legislator vote with?

Gun Violence Prevention Advocate, Are your lawmakers working towards a safer Pennsylvania, free from gun violence—or are they following the demands of the gun lobby?  Today, we are releasing our Gun Safety Scorecard which rates Pennsylvania lawmakers based on their voting record on key gun safety r…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
July 26, 2023 at 5:04 PM

PA domestic violence protection law is at risk

Support our work to keep protections for abuse survivors Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  Zackey Rahimi fired a gun after a passerby tried to stop him dragging his girlfriend through a parking lot. A protection from abuse order then barred him from owning firearms, leading to later arrests as he …
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
July 18, 2023 at 2:13 PM

JOIN US: A Conversation with Lieutenant Governor Davis.

His political efforts started with ending gun violence. Now he is helping lead the Shapiro Administration’s efforts. Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  When he was 16, Lieutenant Governor Davis went to his first town meeting to talk about ending gun violence. Now he is helping lead Pennsylvania’s s…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
July 14, 2023 at 4:07 PM

Philly mass shooter used ghost guns

Untraceable Guns Should be Banned Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  The mass shooting in Southwest Philadelphia’s Kingsessing neighborhood last week was the deadliest in the city in almost 25 years1 – 5 people were killed and 2 children were injured in a horror that put PA on the national news for …
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
July 11, 2023 at 2:03 PM

PA Trooper could be alive today if this gun safety bill were law

Contact your State Sen. Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  On June 16th, the family of a 38-year old Juniata County man contacted Pennsylvania State Police, worried about his “erratic behavior” with concerns that he needed to be involuntarily hospitalized for a mental health crisis.1 The next day, h…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
July 6, 2023 at 2:49 PM

Philly mass shooter used an assault weapon – ban them

Weapons of War Don’t Belong in PA Gun Violence Prevention Advocate, “The shots sounded like this was a military base here on the corner.” This was how one bystander recounted witnessing the mass shooting which took the lives of 5 people, including a 15-year-old, in Southwest Philadelphia this past M…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
June 27, 2023 at 7:37 PM

Thank Sen. Fetterman & Casey for supporting gun safety!

Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  Last week, I asked you to take urgent action to prevent a life-saving federal gun safety policy from being overturned. Hundreds of you spoke out. It worked. In a victory for the gun safety movement, the U.S. Senate voted down a resolution1 which would have undone …
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
June 21, 2023 at 10:14 PM

URGENT: Senate votes TOMORROW to undo gun safety policy

Contact your U.S. Senators NOW Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  We need your help. Tomorrow, the U.S. Senate will vote on a dangerous resolution that would overturn a life-saving regulation on stabilizing braces for pistols. These braces are deadly modifications that can effectively turn semi-aut…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
June 16, 2023 at 2:03 PM

Demand universal background checks in PA!

PA House✅ Now Contact Your Senator Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  Pennsylvania has a deadly gap in our background check process. Our law allows people who are already prohibited from buying long guns like AR-15’s from licensed firearm dealers, to then turn right around and buy those very same w…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
June 13, 2023 at 2:04 PM

RE: the gun lobby admitted defeat today

Two Gun Safety Bills Passed the House Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  This is worth a reminder! I wanted to make sure you saw the below email celebrating last month’s bipartisan PA House passage of two pillars in our Common Agenda to End Gun Violence. It’s not too late to reach out to your Repres…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
June 8, 2023 at 2:05 PM

A sea of orange, a mountain of resilience

Honor Through Action Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  Cory Long was once a troubled youth who faced inner-city struggles on the streets of Chester. But after having enough of seeing his community suffer, he founded the Making a Change Group, which runs a local gun violence intervention program.1 …
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
June 5, 2023 at 4:17 PM

Harrisburg's chance to fund community safety

PA budget must invest in safer communities Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  You won’t be shocked to hear that the neighborhoods with the highest rates of community-based gun violence also have the fewest resources. But you might be surprised to learn that evidence1 shows how investing in community…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
May 31, 2023 at 2:08 PM

We beat the gun lobby!

Help fund more victories Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  We beat the gun lobby in Pennsylvania last week! The House of Representatives passed two key pillars of our Common Agenda to End Gun Violence: bills to allow Extreme Risk Protection Orders1 and require universal background checks2 will now …
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
May 24, 2023 at 3:35 PM

charting a new path to fight gun trafficking

Help fund groundbreaking work. Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  A powerful strategy to interrupt the trafficking of illegal guns is gaining momentum in PA, and we’re proud to have made it happen. Montgomery County Sheriff Sean Kilkenny announced this week that his will be the first ever PA Sheriff…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
May 19, 2023 at 12:27 PM

🚨 final gun safety votes next week - we can only win if you call your Rep. NOW

Take 2 Mins Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  I’ll get straight to the point: I just got confirmation that the PA House of Representatives will be holding final votes on our Common Agenda to End Gun Violence1 next week, as early as Monday! I’m also hearing that gun extremists are flooding legislati…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
May 17, 2023 at 2:07 PM

Be Louder Than the Gun Lobby!

Call your Rep to Pass Gun Safety Bills Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  The personal stories of gun violence that you shared with us provide example after example of why we need to pass the Common Agenda to End Gun Violence1 – and why we need you to keep calling your State Reps until the House hol…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
May 15, 2023 at 1:08 PM

Reminder to VOTE TOMORROW!

Every election is an opportunity  Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,   Tomorrow, May 16th, is primary election day in Pennsylvania. There is so much at stake at every level of government, including control of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. No matter where you live, your vote matters and …
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
May 12, 2023 at 1:03 PM

Help us fight back against the gun lobby

Ask your Rep to support Gun Safety Bills Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  A few weeks ago, we asked you to share how gun violence has affected your life. We got a huge response. And these stories are exactly the reason we are fighting to win the upcoming final PA House vote on the Common Agenda to…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
May 7, 2023 at 1:06 PM

Celebrate Historic WINS, Honor Those Who Helped!

Last Chance to get Keystone Courage TicketsGun Violence Prevention Advocate,  What happened in Harrisburg earlier this week was historic – all four of the bills that make up our Common Agenda to End Gun Violence1 were advanced by the PA House! Now there’s only one more vote to get these bills passed…