Our streets are awash in guns. To stop the violence, cut off the supply of weapons with a 20-year ban on new guns | Opinion

Our streets are awash in guns. To stop the violence, cut off the supply of weapons with a 20-year ban on new guns | Opinion

(Photo via Getty Images/ Colorado Newsline .) By Michael Cogbill Black communities nationwide were ravaged by violence this Independence Day weekend. And Pennsylvania, which ranks 7th in Black homicides per-100,000 residents, was no exception. Issue advocates, elected officials and even labor unions have worked to address the problem but Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are seeing a record breaking number of shootings and homicides. Both municipal governments and state legislatures are fighting for more resources to help with the problem, President Joe Biden is advocating for $900 million in funding to address urban gun violence and under the Obama administration the ban on federal funding for research was lifted. Advocates have asked for the media to do a better job on gun violence reporting and they have done so, trauma surgeons and nurses are relentlessly advocating on behalf of the issue and community groups are frequently rallying for an end to gun violence in Impacted communities. Despite the valiant efforts of so many across the state, we are still left with the question of how and why gun violence is so out of control. The problem is there are just too many guns, hand guns, shot guns, assault rifles, machine guns, and now, ghost guns. ‘We carry each other, we help each other’: These Pa. moms lost sons to gun violence. They want Harrisburg to help | Wednesday Morning Coffee New legislation would give a financial hand-up to Pa. families living with the cost of gun violence. The FBI estimates that […]

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