Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus

01/24/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2020 15:11

Rep. Kirkland to participate in forum on reducing gun violence

Rep. Brian Joseph Kirkland January 24, 2020 | 3:11 PM

HARRISBURG, Jan. 24 - State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, will participate in a forum on reducing gun violence.

The forum, presented and hosted by the Pennsylvania Capital-Star, a news site covering state government, will run from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Capital-Star office, 1007 N. Front St., Harrisburg, 17102.

In December, Kirkland was appointed to Gov. Tom Wolf's Special Council on Gun Violence. And just this week, Kirkland was appointed co-chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus' anti-gun violence subcommittee.

'I take very seriously the epidemic of gun violence in our state,' said Kirkland, who is serving his second term representing the 159th Legislative District in Delaware County.

'I've long been working to bring resources to the city of Chester in my district, and I'm very much looking forward to this forum and the opportunity to hear more voices on the topic of gun violence and what we can do to reduce it.'

The Capital-Star describes the eventas a 'thought-provoking discussion with experts, advocates and lawmakers on gun violence in the Keystone state.' It will be moderated by the news site's editor, John Micek.

Among other panelists scheduled to participate are Dr. Eileen Ahlin, associate professor of criminal justice at Penn State Harrisburg, as well as representatives from law enforcement and victim advocate groups.

The forum is open to the public.

Among Kirkland's committee and caucus assignments with the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are Children & Youth, Urban Affairs and the PA SAFE Caucus. He also serves as a deacon at Community Baptist Church in Chester, where he runs a youth mentoring program.