Happy New Year!
Every day delivers the opportunity to start over, but many of us only seem to feel that way when a new year arrives. Five days into 2016, I hope you’ve given yourself the opportunity to start over five times … or continue pushing forward on a project or idea that gets better with each new day.
I am sharing my thoughts in this edition of First District Connection about guns and the need for better laws to better protect the safety of innocent Pennsylvanians and Americans.
We still have work to do to finish the 2015-2016 budget, and work is supposed to begin on the 2016-2017 spending plan in a month.
If I can help you with a problem, or if you would like to share an idea, call my district office at 215-952-3121 and share your details with a member of my good staff. We are a good team and we’re here to help.
Applauding Obama’s Gun Control Action
President Barack Obama today outlined his executive orders for stemming the torrent of deadly gun crimes across the United States.
The action he is taking is commendable because the majority in Congress is blocking any idea to change how people get guns.
Harrisburg needs to follow his lead and deliver common sense gun reforms that allow people to keep their guns but better protect Pennsylvanians’ safety and right to peaceable assembly.
Read my statement on the president’s actions HERE.
Star Wars & Gun Control
Star Wars fans know what a lightsaber is and all of them know the movie weapon is not a real thing. Still, there are some movie theaters that don’t allow the red- or blue-lighted toys.
Those same theaters cannot prevent a gun owner from bringing their weapon into the cushy seats of a movie house. That has to change, as I wrote last week in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
A Serious Comic First
It looks like we’re making history once again in the 1st Senate District with the recent grand opening of a new comic book store in New Kensington.
Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, on Frankford Avenue, is reportedly the first black female-owned comic book store on the East Coast. And, Ariell Johnson, the store’s owner, is promising to be a diverse shop.
“We want to showcase diverse comics, creators, and characters. We think that comics are for everyone and anyone that loves comics-women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community,” Johnson told the Daily News last month.
Let’s support this new store and applaud its presence in our community.
Philadelphia rang in the New Year with a new mayor, and I am publicly wishing him good policy and best wishes as he assumes the reins from Mayor Michael Nutter.
Mayor Jim Kenney is now the 99th mayor of our fine and historic city. He has many challenges ahead of him and I like that he is reaching out to all of us to help make the city better.
Best of luck, Mayor Kenney!
Events of Note
Make plans Jan. 18 to do something … for your neighbors. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is two Mondays from today. Check out some great service projects that need your help HERE.
Restaurant Week is BACK! This is a great way to try all of the great participating eateries in the 1st Senate District and throughout Philly. Get more info HERE.
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