Remembering the 26 Murdered at Sandy Hook

Sandy Hook Memorial Bicyclists

Bicycling in Memory of 26 Sandy Hook Victims.

On Sunday, April 10, 26 cyclists will ride through Philadelphia on their way to Washington, D.C. Their ride is in memory of the 26 students and educators who were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and in support of common sense gun legislation to reduce gun violence.

Common sense gun legislation allows most people to continue to purchase guns, but:

  • restricts assault weapons and large-capacity bullet clips;
  • imposes background checks where they are absent today (mainly at gun shows);
  • requires owners to report lost or stolen weapons;
  • requires people to be properly trained and licensed before they can buy a new weapon;
  • forbids people on the “no-fly list” from buying a gun; and
  • limits most people to purchasing at most one gun per month.

It would not include stronger provisions that would infringe on people’s rights to self-defense or hunting/recreation.
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CeaseFirePA To Hold Day Of Action Against Gun Violence

— by Rabbi David Straus and Adam Kessler

The horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was a tragedy that has been a jarring reminder of the disturbing prevalence of gun violence in our country and culture. Our outrage has stirred us from our complacency and we will not wait for the next atrocity to finally act.

As the nation mourns, we must also look forward and dedicate ourselves to preventing a future massacre. Yet, despite the media attention given to such mass shootings, we must remember that nearly 1200 Pennsylvanians lose their lives, and thousands are injured due to gun violence every year. Nationally, over 31,000 people die from gun violence each year. If the civil rights movement was the moral issue of the ’60s for our community, eradication of gun violence in our society ought to be the moral issue of our time.

More details after the jump.
We ask that you join us and CeaseFirePA at the Capitol Building in Harrisburg on Wednesday, January 23, 12:00 PM for a Day of Action as we take a stand against gun violence. This is the first joint session in Harrisburg since the shooting in Connecticut.

There will be a noon rally and press conference in the East Wing of the Capitol. After the rally and press conference we will visit the offices of our State Representatives and Senators to make our presence felt and our opinions heard.

If you have special ties with either your State Senator or Representative, please contact Robin Schatz, our Director of Government Relations, so that we can let them know that you will be coming by their office on Wednesday afternoon.

CeaseFirePA advocates for sensible laws like more effective background checks for those legally purchasing guns, mandatory reports of lost or stolen legal firearms, national sharing of relevant data, closing loopholes that enable evasion of our laws, and working to remove assault weapons from being sold in Pennsylvania.

Please RSVP to Salena Camara by Wednesday, January 16 with your name, address and phone number, and please indicate if you would like to travel by bus or would prefer to go on your own. Based upon your response we would like to order a bus and travel together for a very minimal fee.