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Delco United Hosts “Forging Common Ground” Form

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

On the evening of Wednesday, May 8th, a crowd of 80 supporters gathered at Widener University’s Lathem Hall to hear a panel discussion focused on the issue of gun violence prevention.

The panel consisted of:

  • Thaddeus Kirkland, Mayor of Chester City
  • Otis Blair, Chester Police Commissioner
  • Mike Felker, US Navy Hospital Corpsman and Combat Medic in Vietnam, Member of Veterans for Peace
  • Dr. Mary Francis, Nurse Practitioner at Cooper Hospital’s Trauma Unit, Faculty Member at the Widener School of Nursing
  • Lisa Dennis, Chester City Community Liaison
  • Michael Chitwood, Superintendent of the Upper Darby Police Department
  • Deb Ciamacca, Former Marine Corps Officer, Social Studies Teacher at Conestoga High School
  • Brenda Kucirka, Asst. Professor at the Widener School of Nursing

All of the panelists came from vastly different walks of life, and all felt the effects of gun violence on an almost daily basis. While not everyone agreed on every single piece of gun legislation that can help us to move forward, they came together in a consensus on issues like background checks, suicide prevention, and trauma-informed education.

The more discussions we have like this, the easier it will be to find a clear path forward in the fight to end gun violence, and to keep our communities safe.

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Forging Common Ground on Gun Violence Prevention

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in | 0 comments

Join us as we engage a panel of concerned citizens who, although come from different walks of life, agree that sensible gun legislation is necessary. The evening’s panel will include military veterans, members of the law enforcement community, teachers, and more. We will discuss the impact that gun violence has on each of these communities, and how we can come together and put a stop to this epidemic.

This event is free and open to the public.

Event panelists*:
-Mike Felker, US Navy Hospital Corpsman and Combat Medic in Vietnam, Member of Veterans for Peace

-Dr. Mary Francis, Nurse Practitioner at Cooper Hospital’s Trauma Unit, Faculty Member at the Widener School of Nursing

-Deb Ciamacca, Former Marine Corps Officer, Social Studies Teacher at Conestoga High School

-Brenda Kucirka, Asst. Professor at the Widener School of Nursing

*this list will continue to be updated, as more panelists are confirmed.

For the most up to date information regarding this event, please visit our event website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1820516141381770/

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Delco United Stands with Local Lawmakers Calling for Common Sense Gun Laws

Posted by on Apr 17, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

On a windy Friday morning, an extremely cold- but equally determined– group of advocates held a press conference outside of the Media Courthouse, calling for the passage of Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) legislation. The leaders of Delco United joined with their partners Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence and CeasefirePA to organize the event, which was held a week after the horrific shooting that took place in a Wawa in Radnor on March 28th. Also in attendance at the conference were Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland, State Sen. Tom KillionState Rep. Todd Stephens, and State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara.

     D.A. Copeland pointed out that, had the ERPO bill been enacted into law previously, it could have saved the life of Stephanie Miller. Miller was senselessly murdered by her ex-husband with an AR-15 that he purchased less than 2 weeks before the shooting. Jessica Frankl, Co-Chair of Delco United, reminded the crowd that, “The tragic loss of life that occurred inside a Wawa in Radnor Township unfortunately is not an isolated incident. With nearly 1,500 firearm deaths in Pennsylvania each year, the ripple effects of gun violence are consistently reverberating through our communities, leaving behind children, parents, classmates, colleagues, and friends wrestling with the trauma that continues long after the cameras and news vans leave. Stephanie’s killer was able to walk into a gunshop and buy an AR-15 LEGALLY, with nothing and no one stopping him. This abomination does not- I repeat- does not need to be our everyday reality.”

Many of our lawmakers are already taking the necessary steps to change this reality. Sen. Tom Killion and Rep. Stephens are the prime sponsors of Extreme Risk Protection Order legislation in the Pennsylvania State Senate and State House, respectively. Their life-saving bills, SB 90 and HB 1075, would allow law enforcement and family members to temporarily restrict an individual’s access to firearms, if a judge finds them to be in danger of harming themselves or others. For Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, HB 1075 hits close to home, as her father died by gun suicide when she was just 13 years old. Hundreds of families each year just like hers could benefit from ERPO legislation, which has been proven to significantly reduce the number of firearm suicides. 15 states have enacted similar measures so far; it’s time for Pennsylvania to step up, and join this growing list.

You can view coverage of the press conference by clicking the links below:
Daily Times Article
Fox29 Coverage
Phila. Inquirer article
6ABC coverage
WHYY article
KYW1060 Coverage
NBC10 Coverage

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