‘No More Silence’ means it’s time for common sense gun laws

By CAROLYN COMITTA guest columnist, Daily Local News, 12/14/13

Guest Columnist

One year ago, our nation was shocked by a tragedy that still affects us today. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting opened America’s eyes to the daily tragedy of gun violence, the lives lost and the weaknesses in our laws intended to prevent it.

One of the first actions I took as a mayor-elect four years ago, was to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns. I am very aware of gun violence across the country and in our community, and committed my efforts to raise awareness and take action to improve gun safety while protecting Second Amendment rights.

Today we observe a moment of “No More Silence” to honor the victims at Sandy Hook and the many victims who lose their lives to gun violence every day. The time for moments of silence has passed. We cannot sit silently as our leaders fail to act.

In the past year our movement has grown, and the cry for our children’s safety has grown louder. Millions of Americans have joined with us, and in Southeast Pennsylvania, grassroots groups dedicated to preventing gun violence have swelled in size. In Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties, a diverse coalition of mayors, moms, religious leaders, law enforcement, survivors and their families are more committed than ever to saving lives.

This year we called on our federal government to act, and most of our senators, including Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, voted for sensible expansion of background checks. Quinnipiac polls in April and June showed that most Pennsylvanians viewed Sen. Toomey more favorably because of his leadership on preventing gun violence. But 46 senators were able to block his common sense proposal.

Thanks to Pennsylvania’s state police and attorney general, we have made progress this year keeping guns out of the hands of people with severe mental illness problems and affirming Pennsylvania law enforcement’s right to decide who may carry loaded, concealed guns on our streets.

States all around Pennsylvania – New Jersey, Delaware, New York and Maryland – strengthened their own gun laws this year, and there is legislation proposed in Harrisburg that would save lives without curtailing gun rights.

But legislative leaders in Harrisburg won’t even allow a vote. …

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Herrins Announce $1000 Matching Grant To Combat Gun Violence


The Herrin’s $1,000 Matching Grant to organizations committed to lobbying for total assault weapons bans is now over.

Donors from all over the country matched $1,075, making the total contribution $2150!
Thanks to all who contributed.

We’re going to win this thing!

pozner“The family of 6-year-old Newtown victim Noah Pozner’s family placed stuffed animals, a blanket and letters to Noah into the casket. Lastly, his mother Veronique put a clear plastic rock with a white angel inside—an “angel stone”—in his right hand. She asked the funeral director to place an identical one in his left, which was badly mangled. Noah’s famously long eyelashes, which she spoke about in her eulogy, rested lightly on his cheeks and a cloth covered the place where his lower jaw had been.”

Every time I reread that paragraph, I literally feel sick. If I had acted—after Columbine, after Virginia Tech, after Aurora—beautiful Noah and his 19 classmates might still be alive today. But I didn’t. I failed them all. My family—or yours—could be next.

If you feel the same way, let’s do something about it together.

Dianne Feinstein has introduced a very tough bill calling for an all-out assault weapons ban. That’s a good start. Now the hard work begins. It will take hours and hours and days and days of calling our Congressmen, and hundreds of millions of dollars to defeat the gun nuts. The NRA, funded in large part by gun manufacturers, has an operating budget of $300 million. The operating budget of the Brady Foundation, one of the largest organizations favoring gun reform, is just $3 million. Let’s help change that equation.

Will you go “all in” to stop another Sandy Hook–by helping my wife Dianne and me contribute $2,000 to organizations that are committed to lobbying for total assault weapons bans?

It’s really easy and almost painless. Just click on any one of the four links below, and give as much as you can (but at least $25) to any one of these organizations. Email Dianne your receipt at dtherrin@verizon.net. We will contribute the same amount and email you our corresponding receipt. We will match contributions up to $1,000, for a total of $2,000. Your contribution is tax-deductible.

Thanks in advance for anything you can do. This is only a beginning, but it is a beginning.

Stan Herrin
West Chester, PA


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