Gun Violence Awareness Day

On June 2nd, I signed on to a resolution that would proclaim that day as Gun Violence Awareness Day. I support this day to be recognized throughout the Commonwealth in commemoration of the lives lost and in support for those who are taking a stand against mass shootings and violence in our communities.

The loss of a child is unbearable, yet too many parents over the last several years have faced just that awful situation, even sending their children to school. I believe that we have the power to make a change in this country in order to prevent more terrible tragedies like Newtown, Parkland, Santa Fe, and the countless others that have taken the lives of our school children and people of all ages.

That is why on May 23rd, the House has passed H.4517, also known as the Extreme Risk Protective Orders (ERPO). This legislation will allow family members and law enforcement to persuade a judge to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms if they are seen as a danger to either themselves or to the people around them. This also includes the purchase of new guns. The next step is for the bill to be considered by the Senate.

I look forward to seeing a greater sense of safety in our communities. I am proud to be from a state that values our people, supports our amendments, and honors those who have passed.

Preyel Patel