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State lawmaker calls for gun violence prevention task force

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 27, 2012 3:05 PM

(Harrisburg) — A Pennsylvania state senator is seeking Senate support to create a gun violence prevention task force in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.

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A memorandum issued Thursday by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Stewart Greenleaf said his proposed resolution would allow the task force experts to examine issues surrounding gun violence. Those include proposals to strengthen firearms regulations, mental health laws and efforts to fight bullying.

Greenleaf says appointing a task force makes sense because gun violence prevention is a multipronged issue. The Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., left 20 students and six school professionals dead.

Greenleaf says the task force will be asked to report recommendations to the Legislature in a matter of months so they can be considered in 2013.

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  • Deborah Mallek img 2012-12-28 18:47

    Mr. Greanleaf, do we really need a task force for this? And did we really need to wait for the Sandy Hook disaster for you to become proactive on this front?

    First, are you looking to enact laws throughout the state of Pennsylvania, or are you willing to go the long haul and make our state a frontrunner in the national fight for stronger legislation regulating firearms and mental health laws surrounding firearms ownership? Are you also willing to take the additional step to ensure that those who need help with mental health issues are able to get it?

    I hope that your "task force" will not simply be a waste of taxpayer's money to tell us what we already know needs to happen, rather that it should provide us with reasonable means to achieve the goals we all know are necessary. They need to provide us with the path.

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