Key Issue: gun Safety

The Gun Violence Archive website defines a mass shooting as FOUR or more [people] shot and/or killed in a single event [incident], at the same general time and location, not including the shooter. As of February 22, 2018, there have been 34 mass shootings in the US, killing 60 people and injuring 144[1], including the massacre of 17 children and adults at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida. The United States has on average more than one mass shooting a day[2]. Every year, 114,994 people are shot and 33,880 people die from gun violence[3]. That’s the equivalent of almost eleven 9/11’s every single year. A poll conducted by Quinnipiac University on February 20, 20184 June showed that 97% of Americans (including gun owners) want universal background checks, 83% favor a mandatory waiting period for all gun purchases, 67% support a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons, and 75% say that Congress needs to do more to reduce gun violence. Despite these overwhelming facts, state and federal legislatures have repeatedly refused to implement effective gun safety laws.

Because of the failed leadership in Harrisburg, a myriad of gun safety bills are stuck in committees and not coming to the floor of the House for debate. There is a bill implementing universal background checks for gun purchases (HB1400), a bump stock ban (HB1872), a bill banning terrorists from purchasing weapons (HB528), and so many other commonsense reforms that are being blocked by the politicians in Harrisburg. The children, parents and grandparents who live in Bucks County deserve those reforms
  
Helen supports the rights of individual gun ownership and the right to self-defense provided for by the 2nd Amendment AND she also supports common-sense legislation that protects the public. Therefore, Helen would make the following a priority : 

  1. Preventing known and suspected terrorists, those convicted of violent hate crimes and those with a history of domestic abuse from legally buying guns,
  2. Ensuring that background checks are required on all gun sales, including online and at gun shows.
  3. Preserving the provisions of the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) which provides instant access to background records,
  4. Funding research into the effects of gun violence and gun safety technology,
  5. Banning the sale of bump stocks, assault weapons and high capacity magazines

[1] http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/reports/mass-shooting

[2] http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/03/us/how-often-do-mass-shootings-occur-on-average-every-day-records-show.html?_r=0

[3] http://www.bradycampaign.org/key-gun-violence-statistics

[4] https://poll.qu.edu/images/polling/us/us02202018_ugbw51.pdf/

Above photo: Moms Demand Action Lobby Day in Harrisburg on May 23, 2017 - lobbying for passage of SB501 Domestic Violence Bill (Helen is on bottom right).

Helen is proud to have received the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction

"Helen has been an integral part of Moms Demand Action Bucks County from the start about a little over a year ago. She traveled to Harrisburg with many of us for our Lobby Day where we pushed for SB 501 – the Domestic Violence Law that would make convicted domestic abusers turn in their firearms within 48 hours, instead of the current 60 days. We need common sense gun legislation and Helen Tai gets it."

- Allison Glickman and Gitana Wasserman, Moms Demand Action-Bucks County Leadership team