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  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
May 5, 2023 at 2:05 PM

We need to talk

Emergency Meeting to Win Gun Safety Bills Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  The PA House took a historic step forward1 with The Common Agenda to End Gun Violence2 earlier this week, but we need your voice and your engagement to get it over the finish line at the Final Passage vote in the House. Th…
  Adam’s iPhone · [email protected]
May 3, 2023 at 8:57 PM

what happened today in harrisburg

historic progress, but the work isn’t doneGun Violence Prevention Advocate,  We made a little bit of history today. The Common Agenda to End Gun Violence took a major step forward in the House. And there were strong indications of bipartisan support, as the legislative body that for decades has bloc…
  Alicia Andrews, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
May 1, 2023 at 5:17 PM

did you see my op-ed this weekend?

Contact your State Rep. NOW Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  Alicia here, President of the Board for CeaseFirePA Action. This weekend, I shared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette1 that it’s been one year since the shooting at Fox’s Pizza Den in my town of Oakmont wounded an employee. And it’s been a f…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
April 26, 2023 at 6:14 PM

winning feels good

Big push — Contact your Rep. NOW! Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  EXCITING NEWS!! The PA House Judiciary Committee passed the four bills in our Common Agenda to End Gun Violence today!1 Up next, the bills will quickly move to the full PA House for a vote. All the work we’ve done together has buil…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
April 22, 2023 at 1:21 PM

ALERT🚨PA House to vote on gun safety bills. Contact your Rep. NOW!

It’s finally happening. Make your voice heard. Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,   This is not a drill. The PA House Judiciary Committee will be voting next Wednesday on our Common Agenda to End Gun Violence. Then a full House floor vote will happen soon after. We cannot miss this opportunity to win…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
April 20, 2023 at 2:06 PM

Honor our life-saving champions!

Get your Keystone Courage ceremony tickets today Gun Violence Prevention Advocate,  The Keystone Courage Awards are less than 3 weeks away. But don’t worry, it’s not too late to get your tickets! Join us May 9 as we come together to honor key partners in our fight to end gun violence in Pennsylvania…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
April 18, 2023 at 1:15 PM

Thank Sen. Fetterman for Supporting an Assault Weapons Ban

Show Him He Has Our Support for Gun Safety Friend,   In one of his first actions as U.S. Senator earlier this year, John Fetterman took a big step to help end the scourge of mass shootings by co-sponsoring a bill to ban assault weapons nationwide. He joined 39 of his colleagues, including Senator Bo…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
April 14, 2023 at 1:20 PM


No Weapons of War in PA Friend,   Tennessee – children and teachers murdered at school – AGAIN.Kentucky – bank customers and employees mowed down. Michigan – college students massacred on campus – AGAIN.It almost feels inevitable – will Pennsylvania be next – AGAIN?  Military-style assault weapons a…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
April 11, 2023 at 2:01 PM

Say NO to guns in schools!

Arming teachers is dangerous — help us fight. Friend,   Guns are the leading cause of death for children and teens in Pennsylvania,1 so the very last place we need more guns is in our childrens’ classrooms. Yet Senator Doug Mastriano plans to again introduce a reckless and extreme bill that would a…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
April 6, 2023 at 1:25 PM

It’s simple: safe storage works

Protect our communities, support safe gun storage Friend,   Our children are in peril. Just recently, a 6-year-old boy in Norristown brought a loaded — and illegally obtained — gun to school after seeing his 10-year-old brother playing with it, pretending to shoot him.1 The consequences for this bo…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
April 5, 2023 at 5:48 PM

One Month Away!

Help Us Honor Our Life-Saving Champions! Friend,   Our work to end gun violence in Pennsylvania never stops, but it's important to take pause and honor our partners in this fight. On May 9, please join us for the Keystone Courage Awards to recognize three special honorees for their work to end the …
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
April 1, 2023 at 1:05 PM

Assault rifles for kids? It’s not an April Fool’s Joke

Support our work to fight the pro-gun agenda Friend,   I wish this was an April Fool’s Day joke, but instead it’s an outrage. In the midst of children unintentionally killing other children, like the three year old who shot and killed her four year old sister,1 a gun trade show hosted a firearm manu…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
March 30, 2023 at 12:30 PM

Gun violence is changing the way we live

Will you share your story? Friend,   Gun violence is changing us in new and profound ways. The New York Times collected over 600 responses from readers, describing how the impact of gun violence has affected their mental state and daily lives. Emotionally, we are afraid, angry and frustrated.1 Physi…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
March 23, 2023 at 8:15 PM

You Made Today a Success

Let’s keep winning! Friend, Today was tremendous. More than 400 Pennsylvanians fought for their lives, the lives of their loved ones and the lives of every Pennsylvanian in Harrisburg today. See for yourself!  I just finished testifying in front of the House Judiciary Committee, but what has me buzz…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
March 23, 2023 at 3:30 PM

Watch Our Rally Live @ Noon

No matter where you are, make your voice heard!  Hi Friend,  I’m about to join 400 Pennsylvanians as we rally on the front steps of the State Capitol with survivors, medical professionals, youth, faith leaders, and elected officials for finally passing life-saving gun violence prevention laws in Har…
  Rep. Jennifer O'Mara · [email protected]
March 17, 2023 at 2:30 PM

My Dad's Suicide is Why I Ran for Office

We need my ERPO bill to pass to prevent mass shootings & firearm suicides Friend,  This past February 2nd marked the 20th anniversary of my father’s death by gun suicide. A Philadelphia firefighter for 25 years, my dad suffered from undiagnosed mental health issues due to the extreme, and som…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
March 15, 2023 at 12:50 PM

One Deadly Gap in PA Law Fuels Illegal Guns

Tell Your Legislator: Lost & Stolen Gun Reporting Can Help Friend,  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), considered one of the best data sources on gun violence, shows Pennsylvania’s 2021 gun death rate increased by more than 9% over the previous year.1  Illegal guns are fueli…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
March 13, 2023 at 2:48 PM

One win down, we need you now!

Take the next step for safer communities. Friend  -  Did you see last week that Governor Shapiro proposed full funding for community violence intervention programs in next year’s PA budget?   And it was all because of the role played by our advocacy — a movement powered by you. You’ve shown how our …
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
March 10, 2023 at 4:07 PM

Big Advocacy Day Announcement!

You’ll want to be with us on 3/23  Friend,  You won’t want to miss this! You haven’t signed up yet for Advocacy Day in Harrisburg on March 23rd, and we have an exciting new reason why you should sign up NOW:  We have just confirmed that the House Judiciary Committee will have a public hearing to di…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
March 7, 2023 at 7:43 PM

Gov. Shapiro’s Budget Invests in Safer Communities

Your voice made this happen! Now take the next step. Friend,  You did it. You urged Governor Shapiro to commit to funding community gun violence prevention and today he did. In his first-ever budget address, Governor Shapiro called for a full $105 million in funding for community violence interven…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
March 6, 2023 at 6:07 PM

Your invitation to Keystone Courage with Speaker McClinton, Hogan Lovells and CHOP

Honor the heroes working daily to end this epidemic Friend, Last year, Rep. Joanna McClinton stood in the Pennsylvania Capitol fighting to end gun violence. When she was told gun safety bills wouldn’t move, she fought even harder to save lives from this epidemic.  She is the definition of courage–…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Education Fund · [email protected]
March 1, 2023 at 11:32 PM

LIVE AT 7 PM: 100th Mayor forum on Restoring Safety

Join us on Facebook tonight to hear how candidates will address gun violence.Friend,  In just 30 minutes, we'll begin asking the Philadelphia mayoral candidates the most important question facing them if they win: how will you restore safety?  Watch live on Facebook starting at 7 PM and share your t…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
February 28, 2023 at 2:50 PM

Ask Gov. Shapiro to Invest in Safer Communities

PA Needs Robust Community Safety Initiatives Friend,  Governor Shapiro’s budget address is coming up on March 7, and it’s a big opportunity to build on our historic win last year for gun violence prevention. Our commonwealth’s budget should reflect our values and priorities, including living free …
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
February 23, 2023 at 5:02 PM

Keep Weapons of War Out of Schools!

Help us protect kids from guns.  Friend,  The NRA’s deadly and ludicrous adage “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” puts our children in danger, and it’s pushing guns closer and closer to every space they spend their time. Case in point: Yet another school district i…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
February 21, 2023 at 2:46 PM

Skyrocketing Gun Trafficking Requires Action

PA must enact lost and stolen gun reporting Friend,  The new data on gun trafficking in the United States is horrifying. Over 1 million guns were reported stolen between 2017-2021, according to a recent comprehensive report by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) – t…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
February 15, 2023 at 5:03 PM

What the Hell is Going on in Harrisburg?!

Find out on February 21 w/ Rep. Jordan Harris Friend,  The incoming gun safety majority in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives brings us more opportunities than ever to advance our gun violence prevention agenda, so we’ve tapped a special guest for some insider perspective. Join us for a web…
  Josh Fleitman, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
February 7, 2023 at 1:48 PM

have you contacted speaker rozzi yet?

urge him to set a gun safety agenda Friend,  In the space of just one week, 400 CeaseFirePA supporters from 142 PA House districts signed a petition urging Speaker of the House Mark Rozzi to prioritize lifesaving gun violence prevention bills in the new General Assembly session. I recently had the…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
February 2, 2023 at 5:06 PM

We have a tool to prevent mass shootings & firearm suicides - let’s use it

Take action to pass ERPO bill Friend,  Last month broke a horrifying record: it was the worst January ever for mass shootings in America.[1] And a newly-released report by the U.S. Secret Service found that 3/4 mass shooters showed some kind of concerning behavior beforehand, and 3/4 used firearms…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
January 27, 2023 at 3:15 PM

you won't believe this

oppose bill to abolish the ATF Friend, I hear it all the time from opponents of gun safety: "we don't need new gun laws, we just need to enforce the laws already on the books."   So, you might be surprised to hear that Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) recently introduced legislation to... abolish the…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Education Fund · [email protected]
January 24, 2023 at 1:01 PM

Philadelphia's 100th Mayor-- Restoring Safety Forum with WHYY and Billy Penn

We're asking the next mayor how they end the gun violence epidemic. Friend,  While I'm probably not allowed to call myself a Philadelphian yet (I've only lived here for 15 years), I love this city. I've chosen to raise a family and build a life here. But as gun violence has claimed the lives of 1,0…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
January 23, 2023 at 2:25 PM

Thank Gov. Shapiro for committing to tackle gun violence

You spoke up and he listened! Friend,  Earlier this month, we asked you to use your voice and urge Governor Josh Shapiro to commit to tackling gun violence as a top priority for his administration, and hundreds of you did. Just days later in his inaugural address, Governor Shapiro spoke about the…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
January 16, 2023 at 8:02 PM

A new House Speaker, a new lifesaving opportunity

Urge Speaker Rozzi to set a gun safety agenda Friend,  With a new Speaker of the House in Harrisburg, we have a key opportunity to motivate legislative leadership to protect Pennsylvanians from gun violence. Speaker Mark Rozzi is a staunch advocate for survivors of abuse and violence. He’s gotten…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
January 10, 2023 at 6:23 PM

Tell Gov-Elect Shapiro: Prioritize Gun Safety

Inauguration is Jan 17 Friend,  As Pennsylvania kicks off the 2023 legislative session, we do so under a new governor for the first time in nearly a decade. Governor-elect Josh Shapiro has pledged bold, bipartisan leadership — and we’re going to need every bit of it to tackle our gun violence epi…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
December 31, 2022 at 10:38 PM

Before midnight stand against gun violence

Friend, I need your help. On Thursday, CeaseFirePA's team met to finalize our plans for 2023. As I listened, I didn't worry about their ability or commitment to stand against gun violence. I never will. I worried we wouldn't have enough resources to enact every part of the plan. We're $9,231 sho…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
December 31, 2022 at 12:00 PM

MATCH: 17 hours left to double your life-saving impact

353 neighbors have chipped in. Join them. Friend, Here's the good news: 353 Pennsylvanians have stepped up to power this movement in the last two weeks to power our life-saving movement.   Next year is our best opportunity in years to enact gun safety laws in Pennsylvania. That's not hyperbole. W…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
December 28, 2022 at 8:04 PM

67 counties--are you in?

Friend, Every day we tell a story you don't see often in the news: gun violence impacts every corner of the Commonwealth.  It’s the veteran who I found out ended his life with a firearm just two weeks ago in Allegheny County. It’s the school shutdown in the Lehigh Valley because of a gun. It's L…
  CeaseFirePA Team · [email protected]
December 26, 2022 at 4:42 PM

2022 was just the start

Friend --you made 2022 a year of lifesaving actionYou powered a movement that changed everything this year, Friend. These are just a few of the successes of the last year. Thank you for everything you've done to ensure children, friends, neighbors and family can live a life free from gun violence…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
December 20, 2022 at 7:32 PM

As little as $5

We have a plan to save lives in 2023--and with you we can make it happen. Friend- We have 11 days to close a funding gap of $50,108. That's what we're going to need to power a movement with the best chance in a decade to pass gun safety laws that will save lives.  With the strongest gun safety le…
  Brandon Flood, CeaseFirePA Deputy Director · [email protected]
December 18, 2022 at 6:20 PM

The best chance for progress since I was shot

We have a plan to save lives in 2023--and with you we can make it happen. Friend, Seventeen years ago, I was shot. I didn’t know if I’d survive. I was lucky, but too many Pennsylvanians are not.  During that time, I watched too many legislators ignore the consequences of gun violence as tombstone…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Education Fund · [email protected]
December 14, 2022 at 3:43 PM

Sandy Hook 10 years later. Too many empty chairs.

10 vigils for the too many lost in last decade.Friend, It’s been ten years since a monster used an assault rifle to kill 26 at Sandy Hook Elementary. Since that day, 15,000 Pennsylvanians have been taken from us by gunfire. Tree of Life. Roxbourgh. South Street. Communities from Wayne to Fayette co…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
December 12, 2022 at 7:10 PM

I'll be honest

Next year could be even bigger. Are you ready? Friend,  There were times this past year when I felt hopeless. While I grieved for the lives lost in Uvalde, I felt crushed thinking about my own son’s safety. I felt hopeless seeing the daily senseless gun deaths throughout the Commonwealth. I despa…
  Carol Lastowka · [email protected]
December 7, 2022 at 6:05 PM

ARs are only good to hunt humans

I'm a deer hunter. I'd never own an AR. Friend-- I just bagged my two deer for this hunting season. Using an assault weapon never crossed my mind because it'd leave me with Swiss cheese, not meat I can eat and share with friends.  I grew up in rural Pennsylvania. I've hunted my whole life. The onl…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
December 5, 2022 at 6:36 PM

Friend, we can’t wait ‘til 2023 to ban assault weapons

Congress will soon be led by gun extremists. We must halt the assault before it’s too late. Friend,  If ever there has been a year to ban assault weapons, this is it. 2022 has seen assault weapons kill elementary students in Uvalde and terrorize patriotic celebrations in Highland Park. Here in Pe…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
November 29, 2022 at 12:05 PM

This #GivingTuesday stand against gun violence in PA

Your commitment today will be doubled Friend, Too many dinner tables this holiday season will have an empty chair. The loved ones lost to a gun violence crisis that has taken 15,000 Pennsylvanians in the last decade. We don't have to live this way. We've shown we can win life-saving victories ov…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
November 9, 2022 at 6:42 PM

We won... now let’s #EndGunViolence

Our endorsed candidates won across PA. Now for lifesaving laws.  Friend,  It was a big election night for gun safety. Josh Shapiro will be our next Governor. And, it’s the races you may have not been following that will truly help us pass lifesaving gun safety policies in Harrisburg. Thanks to you…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Action · [email protected]
November 2, 2022 at 3:03 PM

[SURVEY] When do you plan to vote?

How will you make your voice heard?  Friend,  Election Day is next Tuesday, November 8th. And safer communities are on the ballot. We need all supporters of gun violence prevention to make their voices heard and elect a gun safety Governor who will enact lifesaving policies. Will you take five min…
  Brandon Flood, CeaseFirePA Deputy Director · [email protected]
October 20, 2022 at 11:55 AM

The pattern before a mass shooting

Buy lots of ammo, often online, no background check needed.Friend, There is a pattern before a mass shooting. They buy a lot of bullets. Before 12 were killed at a movie theater in Aurora, the shooter bought 6,000 rounds as easy as buying a book from Amazon. That fueled a barrage of bullets. Virtua…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
October 17, 2022 at 2:57 PM

Tell Harrisburg: Background Checks for Ammo

Ammunition purchases can be made online and without any safeguards.Friend, Yaaseen should never have been allowed to buy the bullets used to kill 14-year-old Nick at Roxborough Highschool. He is a felon, and the law is clear: he can’t own ammunition. [1]  But, nothing stopped him from buying it. Un…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
September 29, 2022 at 1:45 PM

SURVEY: Half of youth have lost someone to gun violence

It doesn't have to be this way. Friend, We’re raising a generation in a warzone. That’s the stunning finding from our new survey: about half of Pittsburgh youth has witnessed gun violence. 1  That toll is one of blood and tears and families torn apart forever. And it’s not just in Pittsburgh. The…
  Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA · [email protected]
September 22, 2022 at 3:06 PM

DELAYED: Guns in classrooms bill

Now let's stop Sen. Mastriano's deadly proposal for good. Friend--In 24 hours, thousands of Pennsylvanians told the PA Senate guns don't belong in classrooms. And then, Sen. Mastriano's arming teachers bill was pulled from the Education Committee schedule. This is the power we have when you speak …