Nicole Hockley, the mother of six-year-old Dylan who was killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook, visited Allentown, Pennsylvania today to discuss the merits of H.R. 4783: Promoting Healthy Minds for Safer Communities Act, sponsored by Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-5). Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller and Allentown Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald stood alongside Nicole to highlight the significant impact this bill could have on communities, such as Allentown, and the difference it would make in the lives of those that need it most.
"I'm honored to be a part of this effort to protect women and families from senseless, preventable acts of gun violence. It's time to have a national conversation about commonsense measures that can help keep women safe."
715,000 Americans would die every year in motor vehicle accidents if we had the same fatality rate today that we had in 1921.
Two people were killed when an angry husband sprayed his father-in-law's house with bullets from two 30-round magazines in Cumberland County, North Carolina this evening. Three deputies were wounded in the ensuing shootout. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families at this grievous time.
"You have the power to pass the laws that we need to keep our sisters and mothers and daughters safe."
A majority of voters -- both Republicans and Democrats -- support measures that keep guns out of the hands of convicted stalkers and domestic abusers.
An average of 291 Americans are shot and 87 are killed by gun violence EVERY DAY. You may have seen these stats before, but this will make you think of our country's gun violence epidemic in a whole new way.
"It requires thoughtful conversation. It requires listening to each other. And that means your own point of view as well as listening to others' points of view. You might not agree at the end of the day, but that's okay. You are one step closer to finding common ground."