PLBC applauds state funding for gun violence reduction initiatives

HARRISBURG, Sept. 7 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus applauded the announcement made today by Gov. Tom Wolf that more than $1.5 million in funding will be allocated across the commonwealth to help reduce gun violence.

"The crisis created by the illegal gun violence epidemic cannot be averted without those on the frontlines of this fight having access to the resources and tools needed to do the work of healing those affected,” said state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., PLBC chairman. “The PLBC is proud to stand with Governor Wolf as we begin to ensure that our communities have the support and tools needed to begin to address this public health crisis."

“The PLBC has been working hard to address gun violence in our community as a public health issue, because we understood that resources follow public health concerns. Today’s grant is a result of our collective work with Governor Wolf, city officials, and local advocates,” said state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., vice chair of the PLBC. “As a member of the School Safety and Security Committee, I hope to bring more resources to Philadelphia to address gun violence in and around our schools.”

“It is no secret there is a gun violence epidemic in the commonwealth. From Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and all points in between, shootings are taking lives one or two at a time, destroying our communities and families,” said state Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila. “I would like to thank Governor Wolf for continuing to hear the resounding call to take action and crack down on this public health crisis.”

“It is good to see the state supporting proactive measures to combat the deadly scourge of gun violence in our communities,” said state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny. “None of these programs by themselves will solve the myriad of problems facing our most vulnerable communities. There is no one cure that will stop the violence, but expanding the reach of these programs in our communities is a step in the right direction.” 

“At a time when acts of gun violence are grabbing headlines we are finally beginning to confront the fact that this is the everyday reality for urban communities across America. It is a major public health issue and the leading cause of premature death in America, so it is great moment when we see our leaders commit to funding solutions to creating safer, healthier communities,” said state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila.

“One of my priorities since my first day in the legislature was to insure that communities in the Mon Valley and Pennsylvania have the necessary tools to combat gun violence. This grant is a necessary step in right direction to empower local governments to reduce gun violence and crime in our communities. As elected officials, we must ensure that every person feels safe in their community,” said state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny.

"The funds we have been awarded will go toward supporting members of our local law enforcement and outreach programs,” said state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York. “On behalf of the city of York, we thank Governor Wolf for his continued commitment to reducing gun violence within our community and throughout the commonwealth.”

“Gun violence has become a scourge on our community and has taken too many young lives! With this grant, we will have the opportunity to, at least, provide the means to circumvent the violence and save some lives,” said state Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila.