HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Members of the Pennsylvania SAFE Caucus pointed to a number of bills they want to see not only discussed but passed by the legislature.
Jami Amo was a 15-year-old high school freshman when two gunmen opened fire at her school, Columbine High, 19 years ago.
“There are tens and thousands of people just like me who have lived the terror of a shooting in their schools,” said Amo. “There was an outpouring of thoughts and prayers, but there was no legislation, and this trauma rippled through our community and the shootings kept happening.”
The caucus wants to see nearly a dozen pieces of legislation, including bans on bump stocks and large-capacity magazines to more rigorous background checks for gun buyers, which Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has been pushing.
“I do think it is reasonable to require a background check on commercial gun sales,” said Toomey.
Caucus members say many of the bills they’re pushing for have bipartisan support but need more.
“We need the NRA and members of the NRA to join us. We are not against them,” said Rep. Ed Gainey of Allegheny County.
The NRA’s position on school safety isn’t fewer guns, but more security.
“It should not be easier for a madman to shoot up a school than a bank or a jewelry store,” said Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA.
“If we don’t do something as a society to help our kids live better lives, then what world are we leaving to them?” Gainey said.