Virginia Attorney General candidates talk gun violence prevention after school shooting

Virginia Attorney General candidates talk gun violence prevention after school shooting

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC)- A shooting at a Virginia school is reigniting conversations around gun violence prevention as early voting is already underway in statewide races. On Monday, a student at Heritage High School in Newport News shot and injured two classmates, according to police. The injuries are not expected to be life-threatening. Attorney General Mark Herring, who is up for re-election, hosted the last of several round tables on gun violence prevention in Richmond on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Del. Jason Miyares–the Republican pick for the state’s top prosecutor–presented a very different vision for handling the crisis in a one-on-one interview. The focus of Herring’s forum was to discuss how to expand community-based gun violence prevention programs in the hardest hit areas using new funding from the General Assembly. Some advocates were disappointed in the amount Democratic leaders decided to commit to the cause but called it a step in the right direction. “Listening to experiences here in Richmond, we see there is a lot of work being done but we can amplify that work,” Herring said. “I see this as just a start and what we need to do is build on that so that everyone feels safe in their home, in their school, at the park and on the streets.” Herring said another part of the problem is that it’s still too easy to access firearms. Herring has already defended various gun control policies passed by the General Assembly’s Democratic majority in court, including expanded background checks , a […]

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