PRESS/ACTIVIST ALERT: Rally for Gun Violence Prevention, this Saturday

WHAT: Wear Orange Rally and Walk to End Gun Violence, organized by Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy

WHEN: Saturday, June 1st, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

WHERE: Second Baptist Church of Media, 400 E State St, Media, Pennsylvania 19063

with special guests, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon, State Representative Jennifer O’Mara, State Representative Mike Zabel, Bryan Miller (Director of Heeding God's Call to End Gun Violence

Click here for the Facebook Event.

For Immediate Release

May 31, 2019


This five-part plan will bring leadership back to the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office.

[Havertown, PA] - Jack Stollsteimer, the Democratic nominee for District Attorney in Delaware County, stands with the hundreds of advocates in the area working to prevent gun violence through sensible policy reforms.

“Gun violence, whether perpetrated in our streets, behind closed doors through domestic partner violence, or as a means of suicide, is a public health epidemic that we must work to eradicate as a moral imperative. Unfortunately, not enough has been done to accomplish these goals in Washington, D.C. or Harrisburg. That is why it is deeply necessary for our next district attorney to prioritize these issues on their very first day in office,” said Stollsteimer, who led Kat Copeland in vote totals upon a full accounting of returns on Primary Day. “The voters have spoken overwhelmingly here and across the country about the need to end this senseless violence for the sake of corporate profits and lobbyist paychecks. I won’t back down from this challenge.

Delaware County made headlines recently when a man with a long history of domestic violence slaughtered the mother of his child in the middle of a Wawa with a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle. While it is true that laws alone can’t stop every deranged person from committing a tragedy by misusing a firearm, common sense gun laws are tools law enforcement can use to make communities safer. Jack Stollsteimer spent four and half years working to stop gun violence as a federal prosecutor and firearms policy analyst.

Jack will be wearing orange this Saturday in Media at Delco United for Sensible Gun Policy “Wear Orange Rally and Walk to End Gun Violence”.

When he is elected to office in November, Jack will use the platform of that office to fight for the following common sense gun laws in Harrisburg and Washington:

  • Universal background checks – under current law our national and state background check systems have prevented millions of sales to would be prohibited purchasers, more than 200,000 of those in Pennsylvania.  Unfortunately, too many legal loopholes in these systems still remain. . H.R. 8 currently under consideration in Congress and strongly supported by our own U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, would close those loopholes nationally and must be passed into law this legislative session.   

  • Extreme Risk Protection Orders – similar to protection from abuse orders in domestic relations matters, ERPOs are court orders that allow family members or law enforcement officers to temporarily remove a person’s access to firearms when they are believed to be very likely to harm themselves or others. Currently 14 states have enacted such laws and Pennsylvania can adopt this smart policy by passing Senate Bill 90 into law this legislative session.

  • Assault weapon ban - assault weapons like the AR-15 are generally high-powered semi-automatic firearms, similar to weapons used by our military services for combat.  Assault weapons have been used in nearly every deadly mass shooting that’s plagued our country since Columbine. In 1994 Congress passed bipartisan legislation that banned assault weapons in the United States for 10 years until the legislation expired due to NRA pressure in 2004. It’s time to pass a new, comprehensive assault weapon ban.

  • Reporting of Loss and Stolen Firearms – Pennsylvania needs to pass legislation requiring gun owners to report the loss or theft of a firearm within 24 hours of the discovery of the loss or theft.

  • Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act – incredibly the NRA is now working to stop the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act because the legislation would close the “boyfriend loophole” by barring those convicted of abusing or assaulting a dating partner from buying or owning a handgun.

Each of these proposals represents common sense policy changes that would great help law enforcement to better protect our communities and to save innocent lives, and Jack Stollsteimer will vocally push for these proposals to be enacted into state and federal law. In addition, he will also create a community engagement task force, like what he modeled with the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program while working for the United States Attorney’s Office. It will forge a partnership between community groups and local law enforcement to develop, implement, and evaluate data-driven violence reduction strategies with the goal of preventing gun violence in at risk communities.

The time for action is now, and Jack Stollsteimer will use every opportunity available to make a difference on this issue and so many others.

Colleen Kennedy