Hearing on Combatting Mass Shootings

Special Council on Gun Violence Meets at Pitt

Joe DeStio
November 21, 2019 - 4:33 pm
A special state committee appointed by Governmor Tom Wolf heard from victims, police, social scientists, and counselors on how to stop mass shootings from happening and how to deal with their aftermath if they do happen.

Joe DeStio

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA Radio) - A special state committee appointed by Governor Tom Wolf heard from victims, police, social scientists, and counselors on how to stop mass shootings from happening and how to deal with their aftermath if they do happen.

Cindy Snyder who heads the Center for Victims testified it's important to intervene early in a child's life.

"What is true is that childhood trauma if unaddressed leads to a significant risk of individuals developing cancer, arthritis, being suicidal, and yes, becoming perpetrators of gun violence and murderers."

Also testifying was Dan Leger who was wounded in the Tree of Life Synagogue shootings last year. Leger told the members the response to the massacre in Pittsburgh as been almost all positive.

"The glaringly absent response has continued to be legislative, as it has been for more than 20 years since the horrific mass murders at Columbine."

Leger spoke passionately about the need for gun control legislation including a ban on assault weapons.

Committee members are holding a series of hearings across the state on gun violence. They will make recommendations to the governor and state legislature.

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