Common Ground is the Solution™
Gun Sense Chester County (GSCC) was founded in March 2017 when it developed a strategy, formed a Board of Directors and filed as a non profit 501(c)4 organization.
GSCC started with an email list of individuals who had been involved with the Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence — a group had been formed following the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT.
The mission of Gun Sense Chester County is to foster community well-being by seeking common sense solutions that recognize ALL citizens’ rights and responsibilities in working to reduce gun violence and ensure safe gun ownership.
Gun Sense Chester County recognizes there are many citizens who enjoy gun ownership and use them for hunting and sporting purposes, as well as for personal protection. We also recognize the fact that there are an unacceptably high number of gun violence injuries and deaths in the United States in the range of 10 times the amount of other developed countries in the world. We see gun violence not as a political issue, but first and foremost, a health and safety issue.
We are not anti gun. We are not seeking to ban guns or confiscate guns. While we recognize the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the growing body of Federal and State regulation codifying gun owner rights, we believe those who choose not to own guns have rights as well.
We are working to educate citizens about current gun regulation and to promote a thoughtful conversation about the increased presence of guns in our society and what that means. We also support actions that keep guns from those who should not have them and activities that promote safe gun ownership and use. We believe that through education, dialogue and common purpose, we can all work together to reduce the scourge of gun violence.
Common Ground is the Solution™
Gun Sense Chester County believes Common Ground is the Solution™.
Did you know, that event today, surveys show there is substantial common ground between those who choose not to own guns, and those who do, as to several common sense approaches to reducing gun violence? It’s true! For example, the Pew Research Center survey conducted in the spring of 2017 showed that over a majority of gun owners and non-gun owners all support:
- Background checks before ALL gun purchases (Universal Background Checks)
- If you are on the Federal “No Fly” List, You should not be able to purchase a gun
- There should be gun purchase restrictions on those with felony convictions and significant mental health disabilities
Quinnipiac University Polls (12/2017; 2/2018) also showed “common ground” support for:
- Banning accessories that accelerate the rate of fire from semi-automatic weapons (e.g. “bump stocks”)
- Requiring a waiting period before a gun purchase is completed
Our goal is to bring together people with diverse experiences and viewpoints to advocate for change in these areas of common ground.
(To read more examples of existing common ground, and learn how we identify common ground, click here: How Do We Identify Common Ground?)
Gun regulation occurs both at the state and federal level. Therefore, taking action requires knowing what legislation is being proposed, at what level of government, and the position of your specific elected officials.
As a Chester County group, we share focused information with members as it pertains to Chester County elected officials.
We also offer specific, local opportunities to attend meetings and volunteer to help. We hold educational meetings at least every other month.
Keep in mind, direct action from each elected official’s constituents is more effective than generic national petitions.
Activities and Events
Gun Sense Chester County sponsors activities and events such as:
- Educational presentations
- Meetings with elected officials
- Fundraising events to support gun violence prevention programs
- Economic campaigns
Gun Sense Chester County works alongside national, regional, state and local gun violence prevention groups. While we do not agree on every issue, or have identical approaches, we are stronger together.
We welcome you to join us.
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