Frankel to host policy hearing on gun violence Friday in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 10 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, announced today he will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing this week on gun violence.

The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at the University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union Ballroom, 3959 Fifth Ave. Media and the public are invited to attend.

Frankel requested the hearing to discuss ways to address the public health epidemic of gun violence in Pennsylvania. He will be joined by fellow state legislators, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. 

Testifiers will include:

  • Dr. John Rozel, medical director, resolve Crisis Service, and president, American Association for Emergency Psychiatry.

  • Dr. Deborah Moss, pediatrician and president, Pennsylvania Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • Dr. Raquel Forsythe, director of trauma, UPMC Presbyterian.

  • Heath Johnson, crime analysis coordinator, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

  • Ross Watson, violence prevention program manager, Allegheny County Health Department.

  • Councilperson Erika Strassburger, District 8, Pittsburgh City Council.

  • Lee Davis, life coach and violence interrupter, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health's Violence Prevention Initiative.

  • Nicole Molinaro, president and CEO, Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.