Moms went to Virginia's Capitol to demand action on gun violence; they were ignored

Moms went to Virginia’s Capitol to demand action on gun violence; they were ignored

Gun Rights

1of3The Virginia Beach Moms Demand Action group travels to Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday July 9, 2019, for the General Assembly special session to address gun laws.Photo: Sibel Galindez. They packed like moms pack – healthy snacks, water, comfortable shoes, tissues in their purses – and wore matching red shirts. They got babysitters, took the day off from work or swapped car pool duties so they could be up at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday for the long drive to Richmond, where the state legislature was finally – finally – going to debate Virginia’s lax gun laws. About three dozen women (and one man) from the Hampton Roads and Virginia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America were ready to be heard. Ready for a fight. Because just about all of them knew someone who was in Virginia Beach that day, when a gunman wielding a weapon equipped with a silencer and an extended magazine killed 12 people at the city’s municipal center. A few days after that horrific shooting in May, Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, called for a special session on gun control measures. The women, who have been pressing for this for years, were thrilled at this first sign of progress in a state that has long done zip on this. It has been 12 years since the Virginia Tech massacre – the deadliest mass shooting on a campus in American history – and Virginia had done squat. Its indifference bleeds, literally, across state lines. Guns […]

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