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Synagogue Shooting Anniversary

Today in state news, marking three years since eleven people were killed in a shooting inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the massacre brought renewed calls for gun control but is as Crispen Havener or explains the momentum right now and Harrisburg is to give more people access to guns.

Multiple gunshots are heard from the lobby when Evil entered the Tree of Life Synagogue three years ago, firing out of the front of the building with an automatic weapon. There is that familiar rallying cry. Never again we will defeat hate with love.

“Something has to be done. Something has to be done.”

But what that something is continues to prevent any sort of meaningful reform to this day. ”

We have to do something about this. That is something that we cannot and must not accept.”

On Tuesday, Governor Tom Wolf joined Democratic lawmakers and gun control activists to continue to call for what he says is meaningful legislative action to address gun violence. Wolf has used executive actions to create boards and committees and has funneled money toward violence prevention programs.

But gun violence has gone up in Pennsylvania since the shooting.

“We need the General Assembly to take action to increase gun safety and prevent gun violence.”

The Republican controlled legislatures idea of meaningful reform has been to push for more open laws.

Last week, a Senate committee moved forward with a bill by Cambria County Senator Wayne Langerholk Jr that would let anyone sue a municipality that enacts its own gun rules against state regulations.

“It’s very clear within the laws of the Commonwealth that this body, the Senate and the House General Assembly, is tasked with those types of duties and municipalities have gone in direct contravention of the law.”

The Senate is also weighing a bill from Jefferson County Senator Chris Dush that would open concealed carry to all law abiding gun owners in the state. Neither bill, though, has a chance of being signed into law.

Yes, but it’s no laughing matter that three years after the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in American history, it’s not. Never again, but more. When will it happen again?

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