Governor Wolf, Senator Bob Casey Calling for Gun Reform

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Governor Tom Wolf and Democratic Senator Bob Casey want lawmakers to get back to work and change gun laws.

This comes on the heels of two deadly mass shootings -- one in El Paso, Texas and one in Dayton, Ohio -- and the recent rash of gun violence in Pennsylvania cities like Williamsport.

Gov. Wolf and Sen. Casey are sponsoring this call for gun reform, according to our sister station WMPT.

They rallied in Harrisburg Wednesday night.

The governor wants extreme risk protection or "Red Flag" orders, universal background checks on all firearm sales, and support for U.S. House Resolution 8 which proposes to end loopholes on the federal level.

"These are three, concrete, verifiable actions that legislators can take quickly to reduce the number of graves being dug for gun violence victims," explained Gov. Wolf.

Sen. Casey calls for U.S. senators to reconvene for a debate and vote on gun reform issues.

"We come here today not just to speak and to reflect. We come here today to tell leaders in Washington and across the country that the time for talk is over and the time for action is now," said Sen. Bob Casey.

There were some in Harrisburg Wednesday who say the lawmakers are using "scare tactics" in an attempt to change gun laws.

23 comments

  • shawmutt

    Man, going after the 2nd, 4th, and 14th amendment in one go! How many babies are going to be on this list? They’re already on the no-fly list. It’s what this country needs, really, more lists without due process. Am I on a list now?

  • nowiseenitall

    I don’t care how many gun laws are made, if someone wants a gun they will get one. Whenever there is a mass shooting I always see the same word in one report or another ” defenseless ” my thoughts are if more people were armed they wouldn’t be defenseless. I will say this, I don’t live in the city I live in farm country. Everyone here owns guns and there is no violent crime here. In 30 years of living here not once has there been a shooting or a home invasion.

    • yabbadabbadude

      The left always focuses on an individual case when a principle is the issue and they always argue principle when individual cases are examined. I hope that helps.

  • Bob Stevens

    Violation of Article 1 Section 21 of the PA constitution…
    § 21. Right to bear arms.
    The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.

  • yabbadabbadude

    Red Flag laws have way too much potential for abuse. False claims coupled with no due process is a recipe for tyranny.

  • Lisa Marshinski

    Oh, my mind is racing on this. A thought. . . if these murders didn’t follow the laws, what makes this gov’na and others think MORE laws will work. Evil will do evil. What’s next, poisonous gases in the ventilation system at the elementary schools? Police aren’t driving back and forth past my house all the time that when I call they’re right there in seconds. Oh but “we’re not taking your guns”, we’re just going to get it to where you can have 1 round in that revolver, that’s sufficient enough to shoot back at the 3 home invaders.

    • darkhorse6669

      So then when mass shootings are happening more and more your solution is: “well evil is gonna do evil so… whatever everything is fine.”?? Talk about cutting your nose off to spite your face…

      • Lisa Marshinski

        Figures that would be all you got out of my statement. The weak minded, brainwashed always follow what the MSM tells them to. The solution is not punishing people who didn’t do anything and I’m sure you can relate to the saying “you can’t judge all muslims for the actions of a few”

    • Bob Stevens

      It goes beyond liberalism, these last few shooters have been hardcore leftist. They want to over throw the American way of life, capitalism, and individual liberty for socialism/communism.

  • Lisa Marshinski

    Here’s an idea gov’na. . . how about you have your law enforcement ENFORCE the 23,000 plus firearm laws that are already on the books!

    • darkhorse6669

      So you want him to enforce gun laws from other places? That is going to be really difficult, and redundant. Surely you aren’t actually dumb enough to think that Pennsylvania has 23,000 gun laws? Hahaha

  • Lisa Marshinski

    These are all “feel good” laws. They take the firearms away from the people who are a “threat” to themselves or others, yet leave the ropes, razors and pills to off themselves with, the keys to autos to run into crowds, matches/gas to burn people while they sleep, knives, metal pipes, bats to kill, and they can roam free among the rest of us. We don’t have a gun problem in this nation, we have a democrat/left problem. We have a propaganda MSM which is the hate spreaders and keeps trying to get racism back up. Mueller didn’t deliver, they said they weren’t going to play fair, this is their agenda and they’ll do whatever necessary to push it.

  • Rusty Knyffe

    Gun reform. How would that work, exactly? Sort of like it works in the U.K.? The U.S. media has been sending the wrong messages for nearly 2 decades, now. There have always, ALWAYS been firearms. In prior years, it wasn’t even a legal requirement to register them. Since the dreadful Columbine shooting, this behavior is being seen as the “EFF EWE, WORLD!!!” end-game to prove a point. Is the media reporting the facts or just the rhetoric that will produce knee-jerk reactions, rather than fact-based contemplation?

  • Bobby Jackson

    Many more die from texting and driving, why aren’t these political parasites making laws to ban cell phones? How about tobacco? What about all those that die by knife? They should take away knives.

    • darkhorse6669

      Many things you have listed only can kill things if misused their primary purpose is for something to benefit people and society. Guns only have one purpose to KILL, most often to kill humans. You all just use the most twisted flawed logic to rationalize your morally-baseless infatuation with firearms. So if we can stop tons and tons of deaths and domestic terrorism attacks with legislation you wouldn’t want to give it a try? Very heartless.

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