When a letter to the editor—that questioned whether CeaseFirePA supports the enforcement of already existent gun laws and tough sentences for offenders—was published on July 31st, Director of Organizing, Rob Conroy and Director of Programming, Nick Ramsey felt an obligation to respond.  In their countering letter, the two authors explain that CeaseFirePA absolutely supports the enforcement of existing laws and strict sentencing for convicted offenders.  In fact, as they point out, the successful establishment of court watch programs in both Philadelphia and Allegheny counties demonstrate and reiterate CeaseFirePA’s commitment.  While the two authors express the effectiveness of the court watch program, they also stress the importance of background checks.  Just like existing laws must be enforced to protect the safety of our communities, background checks help to prevent guns from landing in the hands of prohibited purchasers.