Gun control advocate group CeaseFirePA recently graded each of the Pennsylvania lieutenant gubernatorial candidates on their views pertaining to gun violence.
Now the organization is following that up with a statewide, direct mail ad campaign to promote that report.
“People want to know where these candidates stand on gun violence prevention,” said CeaseFirePA Executive Director Shira Goodman. “Our campaign will give the voters information they need to make crucial decisions. Candidates need to know that the gun lobby aren’t the only folks watching.”
CeaseFirePA sent questionnaires to lieutenant governor candidates on which they would earn a score out of a possible 100 points. Harrisburg Councilman Brad Koplinski, Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith and State Senator Mike Stack all received perfect scores. Each candidate pledged his full support to every proposal presented. They also outlined their plans for advancing gun control measures if elected.
The survey included 19 questions on gun safety regulations, background checks, inventory reporting, ammunition sales, lost and stolen reporting, child access protections and limits on high capacity magazines.
The organization reported that incumbent Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley, former Congressman Mark Critz and State Representative Brendan Neuman did not respond to the mailed questionnaire.
“We are disappointed that these candidates failed to take the opportunity to inform the public about their views on this critical subject,” said CeaseFirePA Vice President Phil Goldsmith.
The organization rated gubernatorial candidates a few weeks ago. In the report, candidates were also scored out of a possible 100 points. Rep. Allyson Schwartz and former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty both earned perfect scores. State Treasurer Rob McCord scored an 84 and former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf brought up the rear with a 79. Republican candidates Bob Guzzardi and Governor Tom Corbett declined to take part in filling out the questionnaire.