In case you missed it, your state legislature just did a (rare) good thing.
And, shockingly, the thing involves firearms restrictions, which, as you may know, is out of character for your legislature – genetically a gun-loving group.
The good thing was passing and sending to Gov. Wolf a bill to better protect victims of domestic violence.
It requires those convicted of certain domestic-violence crimes, or under a final PFA (protection-from-abuse) order, to surrender guns they own within 24 hours.
Current law allows such potential violent abusers to keep their firearms for 60 days, which seems a tad risky, no? Oh, and current law says one can give up guns to friends and family (like that's a foolproof safety measure).
New legislation says the guns go to law enforcement, one's attorney or a licensed dealer. Wolf says he'll sign the bill.
This common sense, more-safety-for-victims measure has been around for years. And necessary even longer.
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which has worked on the issue for a decade, says that of 1,262 people killed in domestic-violence cases (2007 through 2017), 699 died from gunfire.
How many would be alive if lawmakers acted sooner?
And, still, getting it through the legislature was a slog.
"Believe me, it was a haul," says State Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R., Bucks), the bill's prime sponsor. "It was a heavy lift."
Not so much on final passage — the House approved it 131-62; the Senate 41-5 — but during the process to get to a vote. Because, well, our legislature is pretty much a stag party (ranked 39th in gender balance, only 19 percent female, lowest among Northeastern states) and very much a gun club.
Why did it pass now?
It's an election year. The current political atmosphere, dominated by President Trump and by Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation as a Supreme Court justice, is seeded with ire over attitudes and issues disproportionately impacting women.
It's "the year of the woman." Polling shows women, who for 30 years have outvoted men, leaning hard to Democrats. So, your Republican-run legislature might just be feeling more than a nickel's worth of nerves.
All 203 House seats and 25 of 50 Senate seats are on the Nov. 6 ballot. Of those 25 Senate seats, 19 are Republican.
Political survival is a good motivator. Though Quinn, who is running for a Senate seat, says there's more to it.
"I don't know if it's the current political atmosphere so much as the current awareness of shooting after shooting," she tells me.
OK, then does this open the door for further action related to gun violence?
"I really can't tell," she says, "We have to see it implemented. People have to see it's not a gun registry, it's not against due process. People need to recognize you can do something without jeopardizing Second Amendment rights."
Shira Goodman, director of CeaseFirePa, calls passage of the bill "significant." She thinks legislative support for it broadened after the Parkland, Fla., school shootings in February, and she believes it could presage more progress in gun-violence protection.
"I certainly hope so," she says, "And I'm counting on it."
Whatever reasons or politics prevailed, the fact that the legislature passed this thing is laudable — a departure from its normal behavior, a trip it should take more often.
Like right now. Having embraced victims of domestic violence, it should embrace victims of child-sex abuse.
A House-passed bill sits in the Senate to open a two-year window allowing child victims abused decades ago to sue their abusers. Currently, such suits must be filed by age 30.
Given grand jury findings of extensive abuse and cover-up by Catholic clergy over seven decades, significant reparations response from lawmakers (on behalf of anyone abused as a child by anyone, anywhere) should be required public service.
Yet Senate response seems uncertain. Or something less than called for by the grand jury, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the GOP House and Gov. Wolf.