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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: September 18, 2019 02:19 PM
From: Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell and Rep. Joanna E. McClinton, Rep. Stephen Kinsey, Rep. Joseph C. Hohenstein
To: All House members
Subject: Center for Gun Violence Research
In 2016, 1,555 people lost their lives to gun violence in Pennsylvania. These unnecessary deaths left children without their parents, parents without their children, and forced communities to suffer and grieve in the wake of every shot fired. Gun violence is an increasingly concerning public health crisis and continues to aggressively affect our lives and the lives of those we love every day.

To learn more about how gun violence is affecting our state, I am proposing legislation that would require a selection committee to accept proposals for a non-partisan research center for gun-related violence in Pennsylvania. Independent colleges, state-related and state-owned institutions would be eligible to submit proposals to host the research center. The center would be responsible for working with the Executive and Legislative branches to identify, implement and evaluate innovative gun violence prevention policies and programs. It would also be responsible for conducting interdisciplinary research, all of which would be made available to the public.

As legislators, it is our duty to protect and serve our constituents to the best of our ability. The creation of a research center for gun-related violence would create new opportunities to help us combat the gun violence plaguing our beautiful state. Please join me in supporting this important piece of legislation so that we can continue to create a safer, stronger Pennsylvania.

Introduced as HB1889