Davidson applauds state funding for gun-violence reduction initiatives

UPPER DARBY, Sept. 11 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, said she applauds Gov. Tom Wolf for allocating $1.5 million across the commonwealth for the 2018 Gun Violence Reduction Initiative.

The funding, which was announced Friday, was competitively awarded as part of a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency program to provide municipalities money to reduce gun violence in communities.

“I want to thank Governor Wolf for taking action to address this crisis,” said Davidson, vice chair of the PA SAFE Caucus. “Gun violence is an epidemic in Pennsylvania. In Upper Darby this past summer, there was an uptick in the number of shootings — a teenager killed at a house party, a storeowner nearly shot to death by a thief, a man shot while fleeing from two Upper Darby teenagers who stole his car. Last week, many parents were terrified to hear there was an online threat of a shooting at Upper Darby High School. Fortunately, someone was arrested before anything happened. 

“We need to urgently act in order to dramatically reduce gun violence in our area. This needed funding will empower municipalities by giving them greater access to tools and resources to fight this scourge, which is destroying our communities.”

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ PA SAFE Caucus is committed to promoting legislation that would reduce all types of violence in society through adequate funding for mental health services, best use of new and existing law-enforcement tools, resources to curb effects of addiction and illegal drugs, and solutions that reduce gun violence and promote public safety.

“Gun violence is destroying lives and families across the commonwealth,” Davidson said. “The scale of the epidemic is overwhelming, and it is going to take all of the powers that be to put a stop to gun violence. This funding is an example of good government putting people first to create safer and healthier communities.”