Gun Violence Prevention
Too many lives are lost to gun violence. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1,500 gun deaths were reported in Pennsylvania in 2019 alone. And even during this pandemic, 41,000 Americans lost their lives to gun violence in 2020. I have spoken with many members of the Pennsylvania Sixth who have survived and/or lost loved ones to gun violence. These conversations are a sobering reminder of the work ahead. I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass common sense gun laws that reduce gun violence and protect our community.
I was pleased to bring my good friend Michelle Roberson from Chester County to the State of the Union as my guest. Michelle’s daughter, Bianca, was fatally shot in a senseless road rage incident in 2017 just a few weeks after graduating high school. Hearing her traumatic story was a sobering reminder of the work we still have to do. Families like the Roberson’s continue to inspire me to fight for common sense gun laws.
In my second term, I have already co-sponsored and voted for H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act, both of which passed the House. I am a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and will continue to look for ways to support smart reforms to reduce gun violence. Congress must act immediately to curb gun violence.