Giffords PAC Campaigns for Gun Safety Candidates in Chester, Pennsylvania
Chester, PA — On Tuesday, Giffords PAC, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, campaigned with gun safety candidates in Chester, Pennsylvania, and called for Pennsylvanians to elect leaders with the courage to act on gun violence.
“Pennsylvania is a key swing state this cycle and the outcomes of these elections will play a critical part in the fight to end gun violence,” said Robin Lloyd, Giffords Managing Director. “Gun safety is a top priority amongst Pennsylvanians. In the Philadelphia metro area, more than 1,700 people have been shot this year alone. These staggering numbers simply cannot be ignored. It is imperative that Pennslyvanians elect Josh Shapiro and Austin Davis as governor and lieutenant governor, John Fetterman to the US Senate, and reelect gun safety champions like Congresswomen Mary Gay Scanlon and Madeleine Dean. We know these leaders will work tirelessly to end gun violence.”
A few hours after the conference, a 14-year-old boy was killed and four other teens were shot outside of a high school in Havertown, Pennsylvania, a community right outside of Philadelphia. This tragedy is yet another example of why Pennsylvanians must elect gun safety champions. Just three weeks into September, shootings have already touched the lives of an additional 100 residents this year.
The press conference was attended by many gun safety champions and candidates, including Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor Austin Davis, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon, Congresswoman Madeleine Dean, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer, State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta, Democratic nominee for state representative Carol Kazeem, Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh, and Emilio Buitrago of the Pennsylvania Commission on Latino Affairs. Speakers highlighted the importance of electing candidates that support commonsense gun safety measures and taking needed action to save lives.
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