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ADVISORY: Former Rep. Patrick Murphy and Mayor Rick Lowe to Discuss the Link Between Weak Gun Laws and Gun Violence in Pennsylvania

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Contact: Madeline Meth
Phone: 202.741.6277

Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, April 3, Former Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a national research institute based in Washington, D.C.; Mayor Rick Lowe of Swarthmore, PA; and Ralph Mero, retired Unitarian minister and gun-violence-prevention advocate, will participate in a press conference to release a new report detailing Pennsylvania’s performance on 10 measures of gun violence, the link between weak state gun laws and high levels of gun violence in Pennsylvania, and why background checks must be part of any solution to prevent gun violence. Terry Rumsey, Founder of PA-7 for Sensible Gun Laws; Shawn Kraemer, Founder of Lower Merion United; and Shira Goodman, Executive Director of CeaseFirePA, will also speak.

At the press conference, Murphy will discuss findings from a new Center for American Progress 50-state analysis that identifies the prevalence of gun-related violence in Pennsylvania communities and examines gun violence in the state according to 10 key measures. The report also ranks each of the 50 states and explores the link between high levels of gun violence and weak state gun laws.


  • Patrick Murphy, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Former U.S. Congressman and Iraq War Veteran
  • Rick Lowe, Mayor of Swarthmore, PA
  • Ralph Mero, Retired Unitarian Minister; Sportsman; and Gun-Violence-Prevention Advocate
  • Terry Rumsey, Founder, PA-7 for Sensible Gun Laws
  • Shawn Kraemer, Founder, Lower Merion United
  • Shira Goodman, Executive Director, CeaseFirePA


Wednesday, April 3, 2013
11:00 a.m.


Media Town House
117 Veterans Square
Media, PA 19063


Please confirm your attendance by contacting Madeline Meth at 202.741.6277 or

On April 3 principals from the Center for American Progress Action Fund will be participating in events in Tucson, South Bend, Baton Rouge, Reno, and Philadelphia to discuss the report’s findings while standing alongside local leaders, victims of gun violence, law enforcement officials, faith leaders, and students who will talk about why preventing future gun violence is important to their communities.



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