On gun safety, Williams is full of hot air – Delco Times

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One of three firearms removed from the streets by Chester Police in the past month.

At the Times:

Does State Rep. Craig Williams, R-160 of Concord, own a mirror? He seems to need it.

Williams’ recent guest column, “Stop wasting time and resources and stop gun violence,” took aim at progressive Philly DA Larry Krasner, as communities right here in Delaware County pleaded with Williams and the majority of the GOP in Harrisburg to pass common sense weapon security legislation for years.

Pennsylvania has some of the weakest gun restrictions in the United States, making us a hub for gun trafficking and a source of weapons used in violent crime throughout the Commonwealth. in all our neighboring states and as far as Florida.

Williams should spend less time writing letters about Philly and more time delivering real legislation and policies that could immediately save the lives of her constituents in Delaware and Chester counties, starting with:

A requirement for the safe storage of firearms in all homes, including those with children

Universal background checks for all gun sales, including at gun shows and online

· Extreme Risk Protection Order Act to protect victims of domestic violence, people with behavioral health issues, and people at risk of suicide

A requirement to report lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement, to reduce the unregulated sale and trafficking of firearms on the black market

Instead of supporting those uncontroversial, common-sense gun restrictions to protect the communities he was elected to serve, Williams joined Republicans in voting for a reckless unlicensed transportation bill to which the Police chiefs and prosecutors across the state objected, citing law enforcement security. Fortunately, Governor Tom Wolf vetoed Senate Bill 565.

Williams opens his column with an anecdote about an anonymous Democratic state representative he calls his “friend,” saying his “friend” was robbed on the streets of Philadelphia on January 5. Such an incident would surely have been reported by lawmakers in Pennsylvania and the region. news media – but there are no such reports.

In another specious claim, Williams says he got $1.5 million to hire more prosecutors in Philadelphia and Delaware counties last year, as part of the US Department of Justice’s Safe Neighborhoods Project. . Such a large public safety grant would surely have been announced by prosecutors in Philly and Delaware County – but there are no such reports.

It turns out that this new grant funding was obtained bipartisanly as part of the Pennsylvania Crime and Delinquency Commission budget allocation. The Philly and Delco DA offices had until the end of December to apply for the funds, and both offices are set to receive these significant grants to promote collaboration between state and federal prosecutors to combat gun crimes. .

It’s curious that Williams has such detailed knowledge of a grant program he has nothing to do with and has the nerve to accuse the Philly prosecutor of not spending funds he doesn’t. has not yet. But that’s no surprise, given that Williams’ wife is the acting U.S. attorney, handpicked by former Trump appointee Bill McSwain, who squandered taxpayer dollars putting his face on billboards throughout our county and is now on a quixotic quest to win the GOP primary for the United States. Senate. Acting US Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams’ days in this office are numbered, as we await the Biden administration’s selection to replace her.

It’s also probably no coincidence that new fair redistricting maps, which Democrats are fighting for, will mean Craig Williams’ days as state representative for the 160th House District are also numbered. .

Cathy Spahr, member of the Bethel Township Democratic Committee.

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