Gun reform rally calls on Sen. Toomey to support gun safety laws

A gun reform rally was held Tuesday afternoon outside U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s office building in downtown Pittsburgh. Several organizations, including the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, March for Our Lives, Cease Fire PA, teachers, parents and Pittsburgh Public School students have come together to demand that Toomey support gun safety legislation at fire. “Even though as Americans we disagree on many of these points, we agree that action is needed. So let’s unite with Senator Toomey and focus about what we can do to save our children,” said Parkland shooting survivor and March for Our Lives co-founder David Hogg. The rally is in light of recent violence in the city of Pittsburgh and across the country, including the mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, the school shootings. “The Buffalo shooter was not a criminal mastermind, the Texas shooter was not a criminal mastermind,” Hogg said. “They were barely adults, they were 18 and 19 year olds who waited until they were old enough to legally buy an AR-15 and they did. Stop arming the bad guys with guns .” angry that our children are not protected,” said Nina Esposito-Visgitis, president of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers. “Our teachers do everything they can to protect our children, our students mean everything to them. But some things can’t protect our students unless the laws are in place.” A spokeswoman for Toomey’s office made this statement to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 regarding Tuesday’s rally: “Senator Toomey has repeatedly worked on legislation to keep guns out of the hands of known criminals and seriously mentally ill people. It is possible to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens while keeping firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals. The senator remains committed to that goal, and he is ready and willing to work with anyone on either side of the aisle to achieve it. Pennsylvania manager for Gun Owners of America, Van Finnell, said they are also looking for action out of Harrisburg. “The first thing to do is to give teachers and staff the ability to be armed inside schools,” Action News 4 of Pittsburgh told Action News 4. “There has not been a single mass shooting event anywhere in the country when teachers and staff members are armed.” “We can compare state by state which ones have stricter gun laws and which have less gun violence. We need state laws, we need state laws in Pennsylvania,” Josh Fleitman said. , of Cease Fire PA. “We can respect responsible gun ownership and save lives at the same time.” Finnell said the problem may instead be with the person behind the trigger. gun control laws. None of these gun control laws have stopped an evil and determined person from getting a gun and committing a heinous crime,” he said. “These evil people, they’re looking for easy targets. Just like this 18-year-old kid did, he looked for an easy target and he deliberately chose (Uvalde’s) school knowing they weren’t unarmed.” A National March for Our Lives The March for Peace is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Pittsburgh March must begin at Market Square.

A gun reform rally was held Tuesday afternoon outside U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s office building in downtown Pittsburgh.

Several organizations, including the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, March for Our Lives, Cease Fire PA, teachers, parents and Pittsburgh Public School students have come together to demand that Toomey support gun safety legislation at fire.

“Even though as Americans we disagree on many of these points, we agree that action is needed. So let’s unite with Senator Toomey and focus about what we can do to save our children,” said Parkland shooting survivor and March for Our Lives co-founder David Hogg.

The rally is in light of recent violence in the city of Pittsburgh and across the country, including the mass shooting in Buffalo and the shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas.

“The Buffalo shooter was not a criminal mastermind, the Texas shooter was not a criminal mastermind,” Hogg said. “They were barely adults, they were 18 and 19 year olds who waited until they were old enough to legally buy an AR-15 and they did. Stop arming the bad guys with guns fire.”

“People are scared, people are angry that our children aren’t protected,” said Nina Esposito-Visgitis, president of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers. “Our teachers do everything they can to protect our children, our students mean everything to them. But some things can’t protect our students unless the laws are in place.”

A spokeswoman for Toomey’s office made this statement to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 regarding Tuesday’s rally:

“Senator Toomey has repeatedly worked on legislation to keep guns out of the hands of known criminals and the seriously mentally ill. It is possible to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens while keeping firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals. The senator remains committed to that goal, and he is ready and willing to work with anyone on either side of the aisle to achieve it.

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Pennsylvania manager for Gun Owners of America, Van Finnell, said they are also looking for action out of Harrisburg.

“The first thing is to give teachers and staff the option to be armed inside schools,” Finnell told Action News 4 of Pittsburgh. and staff members are armed.”

Cease Fire PA, which was also present at the gun reform rally, is advocating for tougher gun laws.

“We can compare state by state which ones have stricter gun laws and which have less gun violence. We need state laws, we need state laws in Pennsylvania,” Josh Fleitman said. , of Cease Fire PA. “We can respect responsible gun ownership and save lives at the same time.”

Finnell said the issue may instead be with the person behind the trigger.

The The Buffalo shooting in that supermarket, in that terrible shooting – New York has some of the strictest gun control laws. None of these gun control laws have stopped an evil and determined person from getting a gun and committing a heinous crime,” he said. “These evil people are looking for easy targets. Just like this 18-year-old kid did, he looked for an easy target and he deliberately chose the school (in Uvalde) knowing that it was unarmed.”

At national scale March for our lives the march for peace is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Pittsburgh March must begin at Market Square.

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