U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has change of heart, backs ban, as does Representative-Elect Cartwright.
Thursday, January 3
On the hot-button issue of banning semi-automatic assault weapons, one area congressman-elect has come out swinging and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania has had a change of heart. Casey, who just won a second term, told the Philadelphia Inquirer recently that he was haunted by images from the massacre at Newtown where Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother before murdering 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Previously, he had opposed an assault weapons ban, but since Newtown he had decided he would support one as well as a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. “The power of the weapon, the number of bullets that hit each child, that was so, to me, just so chilling, it haunts me,” Casey said. A Patch …
Upper Macungie Township Supervisor Kathy Rader lobbies Congress on firefighter incentives and relief from unfunded mandates.
Like most small and medium-sized municipalities, Upper Macungie saves a bundle by relying on volunteer firefighters rather than a paid department to respond to fires and other emergencies. For instant updates, follow Upper Macungie Patch on Facebook and Twitter. But finding volunteers who are willing to put in the time and get the necessary training to be a firefighter is no easy task, according to Township Supervisor Kathy Rader. “Retention and recruitment is tough,” Rader said. “It’s harder and harder all the time.” That’s why incentives for volunteer firefighters were on the agenda last month when Rader took part in a day of lobbying Congress as a member of the National Association of Towns and Townships. Rader said she was part of a…