Schweyer, Schlossberg respond to shooting



ALLENTOWN, June 20 -- State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, released the following statement in response to the mass shooting outside the DejaVu Nightclub in Allentown on June 20, 2019:

“Our entire city is shocked and horrified,” Schweyer said. “There is absolutely no justification or rationalization that can begin to explain away last night’s shooting. Like everyone, my heart goes out to those harmed who were innocent.”

“This shooting is a frightening moment for Allentown. It is clear we must do more as local, state and federal governments to protect all our citizens,” Schlossberg said. “I remain dedicated to working with our friends in local and state government to stop this violence. Our role is a supportive one, and we are here to give whatever support is necessary.”

“Violence has no place in Allentown, and I stand with our residents, community leaders and law enforcement in declaring that a safe city is priority one,” Schweyer said. “As a lifelong resident of Allentown who grew up in Center City, I know we embrace community, compassion and diversity – not violence.”

Noting the actions of those who responded to the scene, Schweyer and Schlossberg also thanked those who put their lives on the line.

“I want to thank law enforcement and first responders for their quick and heroic actions early this morning,” Schweyer said. “Allentown is safer and stronger because of their bravery.”

“Every day, the people who put on uniforms in our community do so knowing the stakes are high,” Schlossberg said. “We owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who came to the rescue this morning.”

Since news broke this morning about the shooting, Schweyer and Schlossberg have taken the following actions:

  1. Spoke with Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell, members of City Council and law enforcement offering their assistance in obtaining state support for immediate and long-term needs.

  2. Discussed current anti-violence initiatives with key Allentown-based neighborhood organizations and sought insight about needed resources.

  3. Contacted Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office about support and additional funding for anti-violence programs, most notably through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

  4. Contacted the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board about the incident at Deja Vu and sought information about action against the night club’s liquor license. 

    Schlossberg and Schweyer also reiterate their repeated calls for state and national action on gun safety, noting the increased frequency at which mass shootings have occurred across the country. 

    “Pro-gun advocates will claim that more guns on the street will somehow reduce violence,” Schweyer said. “But there is no doubt that in the chaos and confusion of last night’s shooting, more guns would have made the problem substantially worse for all. We need stronger gun safety regulations before more innocent people are gunned down.”

    “Sadly, in the United States today, no community is immune from the effects of gun violence. The continued inaction in Washington and the strangle-hold special interests have on Harrisburg speak volumes to the moral bankruptcy of the gun lobby,” Schlossberg said. “I will continue to work with Representative Schweyer and all my colleagues to bring meaningful reforms to make our communities safe from this senseless violence.”