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Persist for protection in Pennsylvania

This past weekend, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with 2,000 amazing individuals to discuss how we can prevent gun violence in our communities.

While learning and pursuing ways to make our great country safe, we were deeply saddened to learn about not one, but two traumatic shootings that happened within just

13 hours of each other — one in El Paso, Texas, the other in Dayton, Ohio.

Once again, this epidemic of violence, unique to America, has affected more communities and taken countless innocent lives.

We cannot tolerate one more.

There are easy measures we can take to ensure that tragedies like these never happen again. One suggested measure is the Extreme Risk Protection Order bill (ERPO).

This bill provides a way for a person to seek a court order to remove firearms from the home of a person who may be a danger to themselves or others. This bill would allow a judge to temporarily suspend a person’s right to possess or purchase a firearm.

We are intently waiting for this bill to be brought to a vote in Pennsylvania.

We all can agree that gun violence is a serious public health crisis. Easy access to firearms increases the risk of suicide, which account for nearly 66 percent of all gun deaths in America.

Several mass shootings could have been prevented, most recently, the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. The family of the shooter contacted law enforcement to share their concerns about recent behavior prior to the shooting.

Florida is one example of a state that took action after a massacre. It now has an ERPO law.

The ERPO bill is a reasonable measure that doesn’t infringe on anyone’s rights. This temporary measure will ensure that Americans no longer suffer a permanent loss.

If you are fed up and want to help us in our endeavor, join Centre Region Moms Demand Action to continue the work of Gun Violence Prevention at the local, state, and federal level.

Text JOIN to 644-33 or email momsdemandactioncr@gmail.com to join our local chapter.

Typhani Russo

Altoona

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