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After Kentucky shooting, B-PEP and CeaseFirePA host joint press conference on Gun Violence Crisis

Updated April 11, 2023 4:00PM EST

"Our police officers should not have to go into a situation where there might be an AK-47 or an AR-15, which can blow them apart. They should not have to deal with that.” -Tim Stevens, Chairman / CEO, Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP) speaks to the media on 4/10/23.

PITTSBURGH - The Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP) and CeaseFirePA hosted a press conference yesterday to urge immediate action on gun violence, pointing to the latest mass shooting in Louisville, Ky as yet another example of the urgency of the crisis impacting our communities.

A wide array of groups joined in to speak including Moms Demand Action, Faith Leaders, and others, with everyone present speaking to the need for immediate change and urging the legislature to have the courage to make needed reforms.

"We know. We can look at state by states that have stronger gun laws, that have things like extreme protection orders, or red flag laws, where you can temporarily put time and space between someone and a gun when they are showing telltale signs, or when they are openly saying that they are going to commit a mass shooting," -Josh Fleitman, Western Pennsylvania Manager, CeaseFirePA speaks to the media on 4/10/23.

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