On Wednesday, May 18th, the West Chester Borough Council met, and Mayor Carolyn Comitta read a proclamation in the name of gun violence prevention, which she presented to Starr Bright. Starr is a gun violence survivor who shared her story with the Borough Council and the audience, concerning a mentally imbalanced man who entered her church and shot her in the spine with a .32 caliber pistol. She related the tremendous pain and long recovery she has undergone, mentally, physically and emotionally. She spoke movingly about how she had to learn to forgive the shooter to help with her recovery, and the evolution into becoming an activist for change. She is a member of Everytown For Gun Sense, Moms Demand Action and the Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence.
Tom Buglio, director of the CCCPGV spoke about how even in wonderful and bucolic Chester County, gun violence, like a bolt of lightning, can strike anywhere. He related 4 incidents in Chester County, including the 17 year old boy shot and killed in West Chester last August, as well as one just two weeks ago near Phoenixville where a man shot his girlfriend with a 12 gauge shotgun, leaving 3 children motherless.
In coordination with Everytown for Gun Safety, the CCCPGV will lead a March for Gun Sense on Thursday, June 2nd in downtown West Chester at 11AM at the Old Courthouse Steps. Wearing orange, the color representing gun safety by hunters and picked by friends of Hadiya Pendelton to honor her and all victims of gun violence, the march is intended to raise awareness that gun violence is a public health crisis that needs immediate attention. The March will end at Borough Hall, where community leaders will hold a press conference. All are welcome.
Tom Buglio: director, CCCPGV