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PA-Gov: CeasefirePA Grades Candidates

Ceasefire PACeasefirePA released their grades for the Democratic gubernatorial candidates based on a questionnaire each of them filled out.

Scores were given out of 100 possible points: Rep. Allyson Schwartz and former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty earned perfect grades, State Treasurer Rob McCord scored an 84 and former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf came in with a 79.

Republican candidates Bob Guzzardi and Governor Tom Corbett declined to answer.

“I’m concerned,” Ceasefire’s Shira Goodman said of Corbett’s refusal. “We hoped he would be a leader on this issue, but he’s been quiet since Sandy Hook.”

“It’s always going to be an issue for the sitting governor,” Phil Goldsmith, also of Ceasefire, said. “The governor has to be ready to take on these issues.”

None of the candidates who participated disagreed with the regulations proposed by Ceasefire, but perfect scores were only given for categorical support; points were deducted for qualifications and caveats.

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 proposals presented in the questionnaire fall within the sphere of reasonable regulation or limitation, and have been upheld by courts in many jurisdictions and are in effect in many other states. CeaseFire Pennsylvania therefore believes that neither the Second Amendment nor the Pennsylvania Constitution would bar the lawful enactment of these proposals,” their report reads. “Moreover, the proposals presented will not cost the taxpayers for their enactment and enforcement; indeed, reducing gun violence will save millions of dollars in health care costs, first responder costs, lost wages, and the other economic costs that result from gun violence.”

The scores released today do not indicate an endorsement of either Schwartz or McGinty, but CeasefirePA will decide in the next few weeks whether they will endorse in this race at all.

April 7th, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Governor, Top Stories | 11 Comments

11 thoughts on “PA-Gov: CeasefirePA Grades Candidates”

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  2. lu says:

    Kim Stolfer is with Firearm Owners Against Crime, a right-wing fringe NRA group. He and his comrades vehemently oppose any further regulations/laws concerning guns, even common sense laws such as lost/stolen handguns. Neither he, nor his club, actually wield any power in elections or in shaping public debate. Their strong-arm tactics turn many more people away than they attract.

  3. Unsanctioned R says:

    If it was how the message was presented, here’s one of many articles making the same point I was trying to make:
    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2013/0103/N.Y.-newspaper-s-map-of-local-gun-owners-A-cheat-sheet-for-burglars-video

    I also fear groups like this who want public colleges to be gun free zones have a warped understanding of individual rights and make sitting duck targets of the people who work and go to school there.

  4. Unsanctioned R says:

    Now I’m Really baffled. Try this one:
    One should always wear their safety belt.

    If that’s a problem, Sy, email me.

  5. Josh First says:

    Last year I debated Shira Goodman on WITF TV, and she’s a nice lady. Completely dishonest about CeaseFire’s true goals, which are gun registration and gun confiscation. No government should know what guns the free citizens own. Katie McGinty disappoints me, because she should know better. When she has talked about gun issues with me in the past, I did not get the impression she would match up with CeaseFire. The Democrats keep handing this issue to the Republicans. And they keep losing races.

  6. Unsanctioned R says:

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  7. Kevin says:

    CeasefirePA is a radical left wing extremist group. CFPA knows that adding more laws to the existing laws would not have any effect on the tragedies and their victims which they exploit. They are not concerned with stopping crime. Their main source of funding comes from a man who is surrounded by an army armed of men. They could care less about you and your family’s safety. Criminals do NOT follow or care about laws. CFPA’s motivation is to get a hand picked democrat into the governor’s office that will promote their agenda.

  8. ConcernedCitizen says:

    Where to start:
    Unsanctioned R–funny, that comment makes you sound exactly like a bad guy. Must be nice to live in a world where veiled threats don’t count as bad guy behavior.
    PoorMisguided and Kim Stolfer–How about debating the issue instead of attacking a “fringe group” and/or the leader of a gun violence prevention group. Could it be because your argument that the proposed measures to reduce gun violence don’t actually infringe on your 2nd Amendment rights at all? Or could it be that you choose to ignore established data that shows not only the vast majority of citizens in PA favor these measures not the mention a majority of PA NRA members…just wondering.

  9. PoorMisguidedShira says:

    Shira should be more concerned with coming up with actual ideas and efforts that will curb the violent people’s behavior instead of regulating the inanimate object they decide to harm people with. Seriously, Can we stop the knee-jerk reactions and the “doing anything for the sake of being able to say that you did ‘something’?” BS?
    It would be great to combine efforts for a common goal that will actually affect the statistics and not attack people that already follow the laws despite how unconstitutional they are.

  10. Kim Stolfer says:

    The Democrat Gubernatorial candidates positions reflect their disdain for our constitutional freedoms (state & federal) and their lack of knowledge of the depth and intrusiveness of our current firearms laws.
    History clearly demonstrates that currying favor from CeaseFire will only drive voter’s away from supporting the Democrat in November.
    Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly support the ‘right to bear arms’ and fixing the onerous problems we now have in the Uniform Firearms Act. We do NOT need or want more misguided and ill-conceived nonsense from a fringe group like CeaseFire that does ‘not’ represent citizens best interests.

  11. Unsanctioned R says:

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