Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Austin Davis embarked on a statewide Safer Communities tour in July 2023. The tour visited Pittsburgh, York, Philadelphia, Allentown, Wilkes-Barre, and Erie.
On tour, Davis highlighted local initiatives funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) that are addressing gun violence and making Pennsylvania communities safer, including grants and technical assistance. Hopefully in Pennsylvania’s near future, we will all be satisfied that this was enough to completely end the crisis of gun violence, general crime, and drug abuse.
There needs to be a very strong political commitment to get guns off the streets. Local police departments and political offices should host gun buybacks or similar events so most people will willingly give up their guns.
Unfortunately, in this world, especially in the United States of America, there are people who may know a person who has an illegal firearm in their household or may have used it in a violent manner. Removing that gun from the household is the main step towards solving this horrible crisis. If a family member knows another family member in that situation, they should bring in the gun voluntarily but suffer no repercussions.
In conclusion, our elected officials must maintain an intense focus on the gun violence that is happening across our neighborhoods. Year by year, starting in 2020, a repetitive storyline of violence has been reported. This is not fair to anyone, especially future generations.
Alim Howell is an activist and advocate.