'It’s time to end the violence:'

Davidson supports Wolf executive order to reduce gun violence in PA

UPPER DARBY, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, announced her strong support of Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order to address the public health crisis of gun violence in Pennsylvania, saying it was a necessary first step.

“I applaud the governor’s decisive leadership to halt the epidemic of gun violence in Pennsylvania,” Davidson said.

The executive order makes widespread changes to executive branch agencies and programs to reduce the number of suicides, homicides and mass shootings in Pennsylvania. The order names Charles Ramsey, chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, to lead a new Office of Gun Violence Prevention within the agency, and the office will contain a Special Council on Gun Violence which will meet within 60 days to begin developing a plan to reduce gun violence in Pennsylvania.

The executive order also creates a Division of Violence Prevention within the Department of Health. Together, the two offices will address gun violence from the gun safety and public health perspectives. They will establish new oversight and data sharing, reduce community gun violence, combat mass shootings, and stop domestic violence related and self-inflicted shootings.

In her roles as chair of the powerful Southeast Delegation and as a consistent leader in the PA Safe Caucus, Davidson said, "I will continue to lead the charge to enact commonsense gun safety reforms that will protect the lives of Pennsylvanians while preserving our rights under the Constitution.

“Working with the governor, I believe the legislature can find a middle ground between protecting gun rights and preserving public safety to strengthen our gun laws to address the epidemic of gun violence in the commonwealth.

"This isn’t about taking away people’s guns; it’s about preserving lives.”

More than 1,600 people died in Pennsylvania from gunshot wounds in 2017, a rate above the national average.