Category Archives: Children and guns

Bill Allowing PA Teachers To Carry Guns Advances

[The issue of how to best keep our schools safe is a very important one, but is having people who are not trained law enforcement officials the answer? PA lawmakers are actively considering allowing guns in schools.]

By Justin Heinze, West Chester Patch, April 21 2017

Legislation that would allow teachers to carry handguns in Pennsylvania schools has advanced in the state legislature, and the issue is predictably raising tempers on both sides.

Senate Bill 383, also known as the School Safety Bill, would give teachers the option of carrying concealed firearms on school property and in the classroom. Detractors of the bill don’t want firearms around children. Defenders, like bill sponsor Sen. Donald White, a Republican representing the 41st District, think that it could protect students from incidents of violence in schools, like mass shootings or stabbings.

“Since I first introduced this proposal, there has been much discussion about what the measure does and how it relates to current Pennsylvania law,” White, who represents Butler, Indiana, and Westmoreland counties, said in a statement. “To be clear, this bill is not about the Second Amendment. It’s about permitting the 500 school districts of this Commonwealth to have greater choices when it comes to protecting our most precious resource – our children.”

The bill would also allow school staff members, like maintenance workers or any administrative employees, to carry firearms.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s press secretary, J.J. Abbott, released a statement on behalf of the governor condemning the legislation. …

read more at West Chester Patch”></a. See Governor Wolf's "Wolf Administration Statement Opposing Senate Bill 383" here.

Most Shocking Statistics — The Evidence

From the “Biggest Lie” contest, CeaseFirePA

It’s true – Toddlers with guns have killed more Americans than ISIS has.

It’s true — 1.7 million kids in America live in homes where there are loaded and unlocked firearms.

It’s true – in many states, including Pennsylvania, gun deaths are overtaking deaths by automobile.

It’s true — Every 6 Hours someone is shot in Pennsylvania.

Actually, it’s worse. Every 6 hours someone is killed with a gun in Pennsylvania. And every six hours, someone is shot in Philadelphia alone.

See more about the “contenders” at CeaseFirePA

Former Montco cop charged with shooting teen girl after road-rage incident

CCCPGV comment: The bottom line is easy access to weapons means the opportunity for people to make bad decisions. In this case it is a former police officer firing into a vehicle and wounding a 15 year old girl.The incident resulted from a road-related exchange. The decision to escalate to gun violence could have been fatal.

article by Robert Moran, philly.com, February 23, 2017

A former police officer in Montgomery County has been charged with shooting a teenage girl after a road-rage incident, prosecutors said Thursday.

Owen W. Farmer 3rd, 45, of the 1900 block of Second Street in Upper Gwynedd Township, allegedly fired three shots Saturday night into the rear of a BMW sport-utility vehicle, wounding the driver’s 15-year-old daughter who was sitting in the front passenger seat.

Farmer, who was a police officer in Upper Gwynedd, was charged Tuesday with two counts of aggravated assault and related offenses. He was released after posting $50,000 bail….

read more at philly.com

Boy, 3, out shopping with grandma dies in road rage shooting in Arkansas

Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, 12/18/16

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. >> A 3-year-old boy being taken on a shopping trip by his grandmother was killed in a road rage shooting when a driver opened fire on the grandmother’s car because he thought she “wasn’t moving fast enough at a stop sign,” police said.

The boy and his grandmother were at the stop sign in southwest Little Rock on Saturday evening when a driver apparently angry about the delay stepped out of his car and opened fire, police said. The boy was struck by gunfire at least once, they said….

read more at Los Angeles Times