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October 12, 2021 02:09 PM
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Representative Joseph C. Hohenstein and Rep. Stephen Kinsey, Rep. Joanna E. McClinton
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All House members
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Center for Gun Violence Research

In 2019, 1,541 people lost their lives to gun violence in Pennsylvania. These unnecessary deaths left children without their parents, parents without their children, and forced communities to suffer and grieve in the wake of every shot fired. Gun violence is an increasingly concerning public health crisis and continues to aggressively affect our lives and the lives of those we love every day.

To better address gun violence in our state, we will be introducing legislation that would require a selection committee to accept proposals for a non-partisan research center for gun-related violence in Pennsylvania. Independent colleges, as well as state-related and state-owned institutions, would be eligible to submit proposals to host the research center. The center would be responsible for working with the Executive and Legislative branches to identify, implement, and evaluate innovative gun violence prevention policies and programs. It would also be responsible for conducting interdisciplinary research, all of which would be made freely available to the public.

As legislators, it is our duty to protect and serve our constituents to the best of our ability. The creation of a research center for gun-related violence would create new opportunities to help us combat the gun violence plaguing our home. Please join us in supporting this important piece of legislation so that we can continue to create a safer, stronger Pennsylvania.
 

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Can we please give Philadelphia County to NJ already?!
No. The sea port on the Delaware River is very strategic and we need that. So we must retake it. Clean it out. Scour it. Make examples and AFTER that is accomplished, then we reestablish the rule of law.
 

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This breaks those numbers down a bit and it shows how the “gun deaths per 100,000” is heavily skewed towards over representing rural areas and under representing urban areas.

Take for example, Fulton county has the second highest gun death rate behind Philadelphia, at 17.11 per 100,000. However the issue is that Fulton county has around 15,000 people so that equals 3 people who were most likely all suicides.

However if you look at Philadelphia they had 356 homicides out of 548 for the whole state. So that means that Philadelphia alone accounted for 65% of the states homicides despite only having 12% of the states population. You take Philadelphia out and PA drops to 1.74 homicides per 100,000 also known as lower than lower than NJ’s 2.39 per 100,000.

So if we look at the real numbers Heavily armed rural and suburban PA is safer than NJ with all their ridiculous gun laws.
 
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