Smart Talk: ‘Common agenda’ needed to combat gun violence

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Airdate: Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Americans are numb to the statistics: Every day, more than 100 Americans are killed with guns and more than 230 are shot and wounded. These numbers reflect everyday gun violence, accentuated periodically by events that stand out by the number of lives lost.

The number of mass shootings in 2021 is staggering: The United States has witnessed 103 mass shootings in 29 different states (and Washington D.C.) in the 82 days of 2021.

Where do we go from here? Adam Garber, executive director of CeaseFirePA, which describes itself as the commonwealth’s statewide gun violence prevention advocacy group, says the only way is to establish a common agenda for change. He joins Smart Talk Wednesday.

Making Daylight Savings Time permanent

Spring forward or fall back — an easy way to remember which way to move clocks twice a year when daylight savings reminders roll around.

Daylight savings began during World War I as an energy saving measure; set clocks forward by one hour when there is longer daylight during day, then set clocks back again six months later when the time and light adjustment no longer matters.

Now, there is a nationwide movement to make DST the standard time all year.

Republican state Senator Scott Martin of Lancaster County appears on Smart Talk Wednesday to lay out the argument for a permanent change in Pennsylvania.

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