FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2021
Andrew Patrick, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Philadelphia Shooting a Reminder of Pennsylvania Lawmakers’ Failure to Address Gun Violence
WASHINGTON — We continue to await details following the shooting at a social club in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia Friday. We do know that around 8 p.m. that evening, a suspect was seen on surveillance cameras opening fire on a group of people standing on the street. Seven people were shot, and four of them remain in critical condition. It has been reported that two semi-automatic handguns were recovered at the scene.
This is the type of mass shooting that is frequently overlooked and ignored in the fight to strengthen American gun laws. But it shouldn’t be.
Lauren Footman, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Director of Outreach and Equity, who is based in Greater Philadelphia, issued the following statement:
“Our thoughts are with the people fighting for their lives and their families as they confront a difficult and trying time. Pennsylvania deserves better than this. We should be able to enjoy the company of others without fearing for our safety.
“Pennsylvania — like America — has a serious gun problem. The stories of gun violence in Philadelphia seem to never end.
“We need action to address this epidemic. Gov. Wolf’s and Mayor Kenney’s commitment to invest in funding for violence interruption services and programs is an important start, and this weekend’s shooting illustrates why such funding must be allocated swiftly, consistently and in support of evidence-based programs. But now is the time for lawmakers in Harrisburg to take real action to address gun violence in cities and communities across the state and work to address systemic root causes that exacerbate gun violence rates in communities of color.”
Jen Pauliukonis, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Director of Policy and Programs, added:
“Following last week’s shooting in a Boulder grocery store, Gov. Wolf and Attorney General Shapiro joined CeaseFirePA to call for elected officials in the Commonwealth to finally make passing stronger measures to reduce and prevent gun deaths a priority.
“We echo the calls of our allies at CeaseFirePA, Governor Wolf, Attorney General Shapiro, and all elected officials in Pennsylvania who are fed up with inaction. The issue of Pennsylvanians dying from gun violence has been neglected by Speaker Cutler and Majority Leader Ward for far too long. Our organization has called on lawmakers to bring up and pass into law popular evidence-based measures like the requirement of universal background checks, implementation of an extreme risk protection order, and other policies to reduce and prevent gun violence in the Commonwealth. The safety and security of Pennsylvania citizens, families and communities can no longer be ignored. #TheTimeisNow.”
About the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Founded in 1974, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization. We believe gun violence should be rare and abnormal. CSGV develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun injury and death in all its forms.