Governor Tom Wolf will host a bipartisan event in remembrance of the victims of all gun violence and as a call-for-action after a weekend of mass shootings and a continued deaf-ear response from federal and state lawmakers to take up stricter gun laws.
The event will be held at 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, August 7, in the Capitol Rotunda. Gov. Wolf will be joined by Sen. Bob Casey, members of CeaseFirePA, Moms Demand Action, multiple advocacy groups, legislators, and others to call on Congress and the state General Assembly to pass legislation that keeps guns out of the hands of those who are dangerous and may harm others or themselves.
In a statement released yesterday, Gov. Wolf referenced the Tree of Life Shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue last year in addition to the mass shootings over the weekend and dozens of recent shootings in Pennsylvania cities as the most pressing reasons to take immediate action to reduce gun violence.
“Over the past few months, my administration has been consulting partners and members of the general assembly on what more the executive branch can be doing to reduce gun violence and keep weapons from dangerous individuals,” Gov. Wolf said. “We want to ensure we are using the full weight of the executive branch to combat this problem.
“This is just the start. We should be passing measures to reduce violence by combatting poverty and increasing opportunity for struggling communities. We should strengthen our hate crimes law and better target domestic terrorism and white nationalism. We should certainly invest in our mental health systems and combat the stigma and any barriers to seeking treatment.
“But we cannot limit our action to any one of these problems, either. This crisis demands swift but comprehensive reforms. We know what we are doing now is not enough. The status quo is costing people their lives and robbing many Americans of their peace of mind and freedom to live their daily lives without fear. We cannot accept this violence and fear as normal. We must take action.”
Various speakers, including a gun violence survivor, will join the governor in calling for action at the event. The event is open to the public. Those who wish to stand on the Rotunda stairs should arrive by 5 p.m.