Friedenberg supports reasonable gun measures

Friedenberg supports reasonable gun measures

2018-05-10T18:00:55+00:00 May 6th, 2018|Categories: Letters to the Editor|Tags: , |

Friedenberg supports reasonable gun measures

If we want our elected officials to prioritize common-sense legislation to prevent gun violence, then we need to prioritize candidates who have promised to do that.

Marc Friedenberg, who is running in the Democratic primary with plans to unseat Rep. Tom Marino, is such a candidate. For this reason, he has my vote on May 15.

Marc Friedenberg introduced himself to our area with a guest column in The Daily Item (March 19) laying out his support for the Second Amendment while promoting reasonable measures to curb gun violence. “Fixing our broken background check system, banning bump stocks, and keeping firearms out of the hands of convicted domestic abusers and others who raise red flags” are some of the measures he promoted. All are supported by the majority of Americans.

Marc Friedenberg also sponsored a Gun Violence Town Hall on April 7 in State College. The panel he moderated included the deputy chief of police in State College, an assistant professor of education and coordinator of Penn State’s program of clinical mental health counseling in schools, high school students, and volunteers with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. (Full disclosure: I was one of them, but I write this as a private citizen, not as a representative of that organization.) He also attended the April 21 rally for Peace, Unity, and Safety, organized and staffed by high school and middle school students from Shikellamy, Selinsgrove, Milton and Lewisburg school districts.

Marc Friedenberg has earned the distinction of “Gun Sense Candidate” by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. He has walked the walk on preventing gun violence, demonstrating that curbing this nation’s average of 96 gun deaths per day is a priority for him. It is for me, too, and that is why I urge Democrats to support his candidacy in the primary.


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