New Hope, PA – Yesterday, at a rally for gun safety in PA-01, Fred Guttenberg, gun safety activist who lost his daughter, Jaime Guttenberg, in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, officially endorsed Scott Wallace, Democratic Nominee for Congress in PA-01. Guttenberg and Wallace were joined by Steve Santarsiero, Democratic Nominee for PA Senate in District 10, Orange Wave, and Bucks Students Demand Action.
Fred Guttenberg said in his speech, “I am here as my daughter’s voice and the voice of the other victims of gun violence. I came here to spread my daughter’s story because this was preventable and this is fixable. We have to step up and do it for them now so that they can go to school, or a movie, or walk in a public park. I proudly endorse Scott Wallace because you deserve a congressman who takes your safety seriously and who will make gun safety a mandated issue.”
Scott Wallace said, “For far too long, Congress has put off taking action on gun reform, despite the endless massacres, everyday shootings and gun suicides that plague our communities and our country. But thanks to the work of activists like Fred Guttenberg, young people and parents around the country and right here in PA-01, the issue of gun violence remains at the forefront of this election. At the end of the day, people all across the political spectrum want the same thing – a safe space to raise our children. You have my solemn promise to do everything I can to make our communities safer in PA-01 and across the nation – and that means taking real action to regulate guns.”
Steve Santarsiero said, “Our goal as citizens and as policymakers has to be protecting our communities. We have a gun violence epidemic that has run amuck across our country and the time for action is here. We can’t avoid this issue any longer. If we want real change and legislation that doesn’t trample on anyone’s rights but will make our country a safer place to be then we have to vote for people who take this issue to heart – people like Scott Wallace who has the conviction and courage to stand up to do the right thing on gun violence prevention.”
Olivia Mitchell, Founder and Core Leader of Bucks Students Demand Action, said, “Our country has been paved by the voices of the young and the persecuted. Students have always used their voices to speak up and fight for what’s right, even if they were standing alone. We will no longer remain silent and docile when it comes to our own slaughter. Much like the issue itself, gun reform must be multi-faceted. We need long-term preventative policies that attack the root of the issue, not the victims. We need elected officials who listen to us, who understand us, and who actually care if we live or die. We need people like Scott Wallace in office.”
Elizabeth Lee, Co-founder for Orange Wave – Vote for Gun Safety, said, “Orange Wave supports leaders committed to fighting for gun safety measures. This is a life or death issue, and we do not have time for political games. It is the time to support candidates and legislators – like Scott Wallace – who will prioritize and fight for gun safety legislation.”
Wallace is running on a common-sense platform that calls for a ban on military assault weapons, background checks on EVERY purchase, disarming domestic abusers, holding gun manufacturers accountable and implementing biometric trigger-locks on every weapon so that only the owner or authorized users can fire it.
Wallace’s opponent, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick has a “B” rating from the NRA and claims to support of commonsense gun reform but he is an ardent supporter of concealed carry reciprocity and has voted time and again against laws that would protect our communities from gun violence:
In February 2017, Fitzpatrick voted to block the Social Security Administration from sharing information with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System on people with mental disorders in order to prevent them from purchasing firearms.
In March 2017, Fitzpatrick voted to prohibit a Veterans Affairs Department’s determination of an individual’s mental incompetence from being included in the background check system.
In November 2017, Fitzpatrick voted twice to block the establishment of a select committee on gun violence prevention.
In December 2017, Fitzpatrick said he supports concealed carry reciprocity which would force states like Pennsylvania to defer to the concealed carry weapon laws of more pro-gun states like Texas.
In February 2018, Fitzpatrick voted to kill consideration of legislation on gun regulations.
In March 2018, Fitzpatrick voted to block three bills to close dangerous gun show, internet sale, and classified ad background check loopholes.