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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: September 18, 2019 02:18 PM
From: Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell and Rep. Joanna E. McClinton, Rep. Stephen Kinsey, Rep. Joseph C. Hohenstein
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution: Directing the JSGC to Research Gun Violence as a Public Health Crisis
Gun violence is more prevalent in the United States than almost any other nation on earth, with more than 300 individuals killed or injured by a firearm every day. Nearly 1,300 children die from shootings annually, while 5,790 are treated for gunshot wounds. This extreme level of gun violence impacts everyone – our families, our friends, our neighbors. With a gun homicide rate 25 times higher than in other similarly developed countries, the dangers posed by gun violence remain a plague on our nation.

To attempt to combat this, my resolution will direct the Joint State Government Commission (JSGC) to research gun violence as a public health crisis to uncover how we can best combat the unacceptable violence plaguing our state and our nation. Through research and discussion, we can help lower the shockingly high rates of gun violence ending the lives of our loved ones.

As legislators, it is our duty to protect and serve our constituents through the creation of comprehensive laws and directives. Please join me in supporting this important resolution to help uncover and treat the root causes of gun violence in order to keep more Pennsylvanians safe.

Introduced as HR534