One year after Tree of Life shooting, legislators look to counter anxiety at houses of worship with new security grants

One year after Tree of Life shooting, legislators look to counter anxiety at houses of worship with new security grants

In previous years when synagogues and other Jewish organizations in Pittsburgh received anti-Semitic hate mail, they merely threw it away. 

But such threats are now harder to ignore. The Tree of Life massacre, an anti-Semitic shooting that took place in Squirrel Hill a year ago which left 11 dead, marked a watershed moment for faith groups in the city. Now those letters which were previously dumped in the trash are instead forwarded to a director of Jewish community security and then on to the FBI.

Monday, October 28, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Pittsburghers disappointed with lack of gun control progress in year since the Tree of Life massacre

Pittsburghers disappointed with lack of gun control progress in year since the Tree of Life massacre

One year ago Sunday in the usually quiet neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, the Tree of Life massacre took place, as 11 people were murdered in a synagogue. In the year that’s followed, gun control advocates and members of the Jewish community in Pittsburgh said they’re disappointed with the lack of legislative action on gun control this week. 

“I am angry that my synagogue was attacked by a man with assault style weapons who murdered 11 of my fellow congregants and that in the bloody year since our tragedy there has been gun massacre after gun massacre,” Dana Kellerman, a member of Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence, told attendees. 
Friday, October 25, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Lawmakers unveil hate crimes legislation in the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting

Lawmakers unveil hate crimes legislation in the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting

Outside of the Tree of Life synagogue, the site of an anti-semitic massacre last year, six lawmakers, flanked by survivors of the shooting, announced a package of legislation geared towards addressing hate crimes in the commonwealth Thursday afternoon.

Within the city, from the massacre itself to reports of nooses around dolls, lawmakers such as Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) said they were increasingly concerned about the intolerant climate. Frankel told onlookers that is why it was time for a legislative action to protect vulnerable populations.
Friday, May 10, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Committee approves bill to pre-empt local gun control regulations

Committee approves bill to pre-empt local gun control regulations

A panel of lawmakers voted to approve a measure that would preempt local gun control ordinances, barring municipalities from approving stricter regulations than what the state has passed.

The bill, authored by Sen. Wayne Langerholc (R-Cambria), is nearly identical to a provision of Act 192 of 2014, which the state Supreme Court rendered unconstitutional in 2014. 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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