"Our kids are doing what too many elected officials are afraid to do – and that is stand up to the forces that are holding back common-sense gun safety reform. So if those elected are unwilling to work together to pass common sense reform right now, they should, at a minimum, provide our teachers with the financial resources they will need should they make the ultimate sacrifice." -- Rosita C. Youngblood
Thousands of students, parents and supporters of common sense gun reform took the streets of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and many other communities across the Commonwealth.
I am overwhelmed and absolutely impressed by the engagement and motivation of our nation’s youth.
Our kids, with the support of many adults who have been fighting for change, are taking action against gun violence in schools and communities, and its awe-inspiring to witness. It has given me such hope for the future of our Commonwealth, and our country.
In fact, our kids are doing what too many grown men and women, especially grown men and women who are elected to public office, are unwilling or afraid to do – and that is stand up to the forces that are holding back common-sense gun safety reform.
And there is no doubt that as these young people become old enough to vote and run for political office at the local, state and federal levels, they will be the change necessary to finally take our government back from the powerful gun lobby. They are changing minds and forcing action already!
I will continue to stand with them; fight with them; and, look for ways to end the senseless gun violence that has plagued our schools, neighborhoods and communities.
Teachers and other school employees start their careers in education with the intentions of helping our children become productive and thriving adults. But, there is the growing reality that far more will be expected of them.
So, understanding the political realities in Pennsylvania, with a Republican-controlled majority in both the House and Senate that is supported by the gun lobby, my legislation is a way to protect and provide services to school employees and their families…immediately.
As we continue to fight against powerful lobbyists and campaign funding from organizations opposed to common-sense gun safety, and as the youth of our Commonwealth continue to change how society views gun safety laws, we also should be protecting the families of our teachers who are facing the very real dangers of gun violence.
If we are unwilling to address gun violence and work together to pass common sense reform right now, because of the lack of political will by those in charge, we should, at a minimum, provide our teachers and their families with the financial resources they will need should they make the ultimate sacrifice.