PA Bill Number: HR604
Title: Declaring gun violence a social epidemic that requires immediate action and condemning the National Rifle Association's increasingly extreme and ...
Description: Declaring gun violence a social epidemic that requires immediate action and condemning the National Rifle Association's increasingly extreme and ...
Last Action: Referred to JUDICIARY
Last Action Date: Nov 14, 2019
FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday November 17th 2019 :: 11/17/2019
Gov. Wolf’s ‘holiday treat’ for gun owners comes wrapped up in his ‘special’, executive order inspired, Council on Gun Violence which is beginning a series of five hearings to discuss how to “make all Pennsylvanians safer whether they live in a city or rural area”. Interestingly enough it is also occurring just as the end of the first half of the legislative session for the Pennsylvania house and Senate which is known as Sine Die, will occur in November and December (see the schedule below).
PA Legislature -Sine Die - Upcoming Session Days:
FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday November 3rd 2019 :: 11/03/2019
This past week has been a bad one for the City of Pittsburgh! Thanks to your donations and hard work, that has kept us in the legal preemption battle, Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge James ruled ‘against’ ALL the gun control ordinances signed into law by Pgh. Mayor Peduto! THANK YOU!
It didn’t take long for several things to happen; the first was Mayor Peduto and council members to proclaim their intent to ‘appeal’ this ‘unfortunate’ ruling against them. Considering this is what the mercenary lawyers from the anti-gun group Everytown, who were/are representing Pgh., said in oral arguments before Judge James "we expected this and intend to appeal the decision". This demonstrated that the City of Pittsburgh 'knew' that they would lose but chose to pursue this intentionally!
FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday October 20th 2019 :: 10/20/2019
Democrat Presidental Debates appear to be ‘all’ about Trashing the Constitution (so much for their ‘Oath of Office’) and this was on full display in Tuesday night’s Democrat presidential debate in Westerville, Ohio, featured 12 candidates. That’s the most crowded debate stage in presidential primary history, but one designed to complete their collective constituency voter strategy in the general campaign. The three-hour spectacle was full of lies, divisive politics, and unconstitutional proposals. As is our custom, we’ll digest a few of the lowlights. (Full transcript here.)
Political Feeding Frenzy Shifts Focus to the new frontrunner
FOAC's The 'Blast' Newsletter & October 13, 2019 Meeting Notice w-Agenda :: 10/12/2019
The October FOAC Membership Meeting (Oct. 13th) is going to follow the Fall FOAC Gun Bash (Saturday) and we will cover in detail the hearings in the PA Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 24 & 25 as well as the final preparations for the 2019 General Election. It is clear that with the legislature coming back into session this month that gun owners will have to be especially alert for developments in the House and Senate at the state and federal levels. Furthermore, there is a continuing effort to push an Article V Constitutional Convention through a state call for a Convention of the States – HR 206. On October 22nd the PA House State Government Committee will be holding a hearing that FOAC has been invited to testify at. This upcoming hearing and issue will be a focus of the FOAC October Membership Meeting.
The continuing debate over Gun-Control is, at its’ heart, the belief that disarming honest people will somehow stop criminals. That may be, at a superficial level, an emotionally appealing theory, BUT does gun-control work in practice? Now that we have new FBI crime data at hand, we don’t have to guess if gun-control reduces violent crime. The answers might surprise you as we look from coast to coast. So, DOES gun control save lives or cost them?
FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday October 6th 2019 :: 10/06/2019
On Friday, September 4, the lawsuit against the city of Pittsburgh was once again center focus of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in front of Judge James with oral arguments being held. Considering the outcome of the FOAC lawsuit against Harrisburg for the preemption violations there and the fact that the Commonwealth Court, En Banc, found that we (FOAC and the plaintiffs) did have standing to bring that lawsuit, Pittsburgh conceded that we had standing for the Pittsburgh preemption lawsuit.
Furthermore, it appears that the antigun lawyers representing the city of Pittsburgh from the Everytown organization are accepting the fact that it is very likely for Judge James to rule against the city of Pittsburgh by their comments regarding their intent to appeal which they would not say if they felt the they will be victorious at the Court of Common Pleas level!
FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday September 29th 2019 :: 09/29/2019
With the Senate hearings behind us, it seems appropriate to do a review of this entire spectacle! First, I want to praise and thank every one of the gun owners who showed up, ESPECIALLY all of the FOAC members who turned out in incredible numbers! A significant number of FOAC officers were at the hearings, both days, and all of us were smiling ear to ear at the sight of so many dedicated Second Amendment advocates! From the bottom of my heart thank you!!
From the moment we hit the Capitol steps it was apparent that the anti-gun groups felt that they were going to control this entire effort and that Extreme Risk Protection Orders and Universal Background Checks were nothing more than a stone’s throw from passage! Little did they expect to see so many terrific volunteers show up to express their opposition!
FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday September 22nd 2019 :: 09/22/2019
This is the last weekend before the critically important hearings in the PA Senate on the 24th and 25th this coming week. Hopefully you have made the necessary arrangements to be there in support of some common sense in dealing with the issues involving crime and violence and protecting our rights at the same time.
In preparation for these hearings, Senator Baker, Chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, posted on her website the written testimony submitted for the upcoming Judiciary Committee hearings on September 24th and 25th regarding Mental and Behavioral Health, Second Amendment and Other Gun Related Issues. The testimony for September 24th can be found here and the testimony for September 25th can be found here - simply click the name of the person to download their testimony. If there is no hyperlink relative to their name, they have not yet submitted testimony and you should check back for new submissions.
FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday September 15th 2019 :: 09/15/2019
Well, the floodgates are about to open and the right to bear arms, the Second Amendment, and gunowners are about to take center stage! With Congress back in session, the Pennsylvania legislature coming back into session, and the upcoming municipal elections, the multiple political dilemmas facing us are enormous challenges that we either face or watch our freedoms be swept away!
The hearings coming up on September 24th and 25th in Harrisburg are an incredibly important opportunity to defend our rights but it can also be very dangerous if gunowners choose to sit back and ignore the efforts of the anti-gun groups to manipulate politicians!
FOAC's The 'Blast' Newsletter & September 8, 2019 Meeting Notice w-Agenda :: 09/07/2019
The September FOAC Membership Meeting (Sept. 8th) is upon us and as we move into the fall legislative session and prepare for the 2019 general election we will be focusing on the rapidly changing landscape on the advancement of Gun Control, the gun control movement and the upcoming hearings in Harrisburg.
The hearings in Harrisburg, in Senate Hearing Room 1, before the full Senate Judiciary Committee hold great concern for gun owners who feel that we are being scapegoated to appease a public that is being misled by anti-gun groups and opportunistic, self-serving politicians.
FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday September 1st 2019 :: 09/01/2019
Special FOAC Report on Mental Health and Violence by Dr. Charles Gallo, FOAC 1st V.P.
Having been involved in the field of Psychology for almost 50 years and in private practice for 40 years I have seen many positive changes over these years in mental health treatment and resources that are available to all individuals and families. I have seen the development of effective therapy techniques which successfully help people to positively manage problems in living, stress, trauma, symptoms of anxiety and depression, relationship conflicts, parenting difficulties, child behavior problems and so forth. So many people are able to make qualitative changes in their lives as a result of the mental health tools available. In addition, I have witnessed a significant change in individual’s education and awareness of psychological therapy as an effective help and an absolutely drastic reduction of the stigma previously involved in seeking help – thereby encouraging individuals to feel free to actively access mental health resources. Seeking therapy has become common place and accepted and no longer has to be kept as a hidden shameful secret. I have also seen the development of community programs which essentially make mental health resources available to all regardless of their financial situation. While I acknowledge that there exist some individual situations in which appropriate care has been problematic – and these need to be addressed and are best addressed at as local a level as possible – from my vantage point I see a positive and effective mental health system – and I am grateful to have been involved in a profession that has proved to have such a positive impact on so many individual’s and families’ lives.
FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday August 25th 2019 :: 08/25/2019
In the aftermath of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton earlier this month, calls from Democrats to ban firearms or severely restrict their use have hit a fever pitch. But one huge question is that is part of this effort to cover up for the failure of government to do their job? Let’s look at the mass murders in Parkland where 17 people were killed by an individual who, by some accounts, had at least 39 visits from local law enforcement prior to his heinous acts. NOW, everyone is calling for ‘more’ gun control laws yet lost in all this furor is the question of why didn’t law enforcement use current laws?
Could they have AND, if so, then WHY the big LIE??
FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday August 18th 2019 :: 08/18/2019
In the aftermath of another near tragedy by a career recidivist violent armed felon in Philadelphia trying to kill law enforcement officers, the anti-gun groups have continued their self-serving socialist crusade against the Freedoms and Rights of law-abiding citizens. Let’s remember that ALL of this is predicated on deranged killers, who ‘should have been stopped’ by current state and federal laws, using guns to commit their homicidal and suicidal acts of violence! The anti-second amendment gun control groups are using the blood of innocents to further their political agenda!
The hand-wringing gun grabbers, and most news outlets, are wasting no time in exploiting the deaths of innocent people by pointing their collective fingers at GUNS as the cause of the carnage and demanding they be banned ‘or’ heavily restricted.
FOAC's Monthly Newsletter - Meeting Notice :: 08/10/2019
August FOAC Membership Meeting (August 11th) brings a sense of urgency we all need to share related to the tragic events that have transpired over the last few weeks! The public debate has degenerated to the point that logic seems to escape even normally rational people. In this meeting we will try to share as much as possible of the unfolding national and statewide efforts that have a 'very' real possibility to radically alter our rights and unravel, potentially, the very fabric of our nation.
The public debate on 'DOING SOMETHING' about 'guns' is exhibiting a level of incomprehension that is most pronounced and, at the same time, disturbing. The cable news anchors, even on FOX News, are now expressing frustration and disbelief that the latest shooting may not result in tighter regulation of firearms, as if that is the ONLY answer for them and to the exclusion of all else in many cases. These pundits live safe and satisfying lives without guns; so why can't the rest of the country do the same? Yet the spokesmen and women for "doing something" do not appreciate, and often times deride, the equal sincerity of gun owners, whose weapons are not just possessions but also, on some level, part of their identity as a 'free' American.<
FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday August 4th 2019 :: 08/04/2019
The tragedies unfolding this weekend, first in El Paso Texas and, today, in Dayton Ohio, are despicable acts of cowardice and domestic terrorism! The first responders did an absolutely magnificent job in responding to both of these tragedies which would have been far worse without their actions! Considering that Dayton Ohio follows the Texas incident by less than 24 hours we are sure to face a massive number of pundits who focus on gun control and limitations on the Second Amendment instead of real solutions or, even, the facts!
So instead of following the path that most of the mainstream media is certain to pursue let’s take a look at what is very unlikely to be focused on; the contributing factors to these incidents.
FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday July 21st 2019 :: 07/21/2019
One of the most interesting things in the past few weeks has been the curtailment of the 24/7 advocacy for more gun control. The newsfeeds seem to have lost interest for some reason. The reckless and factually challenged articles seem more and more difficult to find as do the “if it bleeds it leads” kind of shrill reporting of every tragic incident! So is this because violent crime with firearms is really down? If it is down could it be, in part, connected to this shrill advocacy for gun control?
Let’s look at the above in a different way, shall we? It is well known in media circles, behind-the-scenes, that they intentionally downplay incidents of self-defense because of their two-dimensional sky is falling concerns over promoting what they believe would be vigilantism! Also, up until Netflix decided that they were going to promote teen suicides the media routinely stayed away from discussing this issue because of fears of copycatting. Interestingly, teen suicides have gone up by some reports as much as 30% since the Netflix series began and while this is not scientific it seems many are anecdotally connecting the dots with this series.
FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday July 7th 2019 :: 07/07/2019
**We apologize for this resend but the torrential downpours derailed the sending of this newsletter properly.
When first getting involved in the debate over the Second Amendment, one of the problems I ran into was the sparsity of ‘relevant’ information that was available to individuals who wanted to get politically active. The information that was available was either considered tainted by elected leaders because of its' source or was easily refuted by heavily doctored “anti-gun talking points”. Granted this was in the mid-80s (the proverbial ‘dark ages’ electronically) and that the availability of information was limited by the individual’s determination in pursuing it and that today’s Internet was absent in every regard.
FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday June 30th 2019 :: 06/30/2019
There is an old analogy that compares politics to the making of sausage and no finer example of that is the recent deliberations over SB 621, which provided for standards and criteria for arming, with firearms officers and individuals to provide security in public schools in Pennsylvania.
The reason for SB 621 was to fix the mistakes in Act 44 from last session which, supposedly, dealt with similar issues. But of course, the language in that previous legislation did not allow for human bias and prejudice as well as narrow minded self-interest. So, Sen. Regan offered up, in this session, SB 621 to make sure it was clear that the intent was to provide for more effective security in our schools to protect our children!
FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday June 23rd 2019 :: 06/23/2019
This past week, in the Pennsylvania Senate and House, we have been treated to yet another display of the unbridled hysteria promoted by factually challenged Cease-Fire PA and other anti-gun groups regarding gun free zones and Pennsylvania schools and their opposition to armed and trained security personnel in Pennsylvania schools as clarified in SB 621.
The first question that needs asked is whether or not we should protect our children in schools at least as well as we do for banks and sporting engagements among other things? The answer to this question is obviously an absolute yes! The second question is whether or not gun free school zones have worked? The obvious answer to this question is an absolute no!
FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday June 16th 2019 :: 06/16/2019
After decades of a slow, and oft times tumultuous, erosion of our rights, with occasional regaining small bits of ground, we stand on the brink. The slippery slope has shrunk to only inches wide, with nothing but a sheer cliff beyond it. The Democrats have given their party fully over to gun control.
Couple that with all of the controversy over the mess at the NRA and it now seems like a good time to remind everyone that YOU are the Gun Lobby.
FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday June 2nd 2019 :: 06/02/2019
Once again, we’ve had another horrifying example as to the complete lunacy of establishing gun free zones, especially in government buildings! The horrifying attack at the Virginia Beach municipal complex, on Friday 5/31, was made all the more tragic by the nearly immediate vitriolic response from gun control politicians and organizations calling for more gun control laws. From former VP Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former congressman Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker and many others put out calls for more gun control within a few hours of the tragedy.
The question of “How many more?” is a question that we ask ourselves all the time. Yet we seem institutionally paralyzed from taking the appropriate steps and recognizing that the current path we are on is self-destructive even though examples abound that there are better ways!
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