PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 14 – Copies of over 100 handwritten letters in support of gun safety measures were given to state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio the same week President Barack Obama announced a group of executive actions to reduce gun violence.
Letters were written in early December by residents of Cathedral Village and sent to members of the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee urging a yes vote on H.B. 1010.
DeLissio is not a member of the House Judiciary Committee but she was an early co-sponsor and supporter of the bill since its inception.
“This important legislation would close the one remaining loophole in gun-sale purchases that allows for the sale of long guns between private sellers without a background check,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “Additionally, this legislation would permit the issuance of a single background check approval that would remain valid for 48 hours for use at gun shows across the commonwealth.”
Residents David and Peggy Bruton personally delivered copies of the letters to DeLissio on Jan. 7.
“The story about how this action came about is a reminder that one person can make a difference,” DeLissio said.
A 100-year-old resident, Isabelle Woodrow, encouraged the Cathedral Village Community Support Committee to organize a letter-writing campaign to those members of the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee who had yet to co-sponsor the legislation. Forty-seven residents showed up to participate in the letter-writing activity, which produced a combined 100 handwritten letters.
“It is encouraging to have concerned and active members of the community engage in this type of advocacy,” DeLissio said. “Broad-based civic engagement truly energizes me because it is a vital aspect to ensuring that our form of government succeeds. I was pleased to receive copies of these letters and have pledged to work with the residents, as they explore working with residents of other retirement communities on this and other legislative issues.”