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Virginia legislators missed an important opportunity during today’s General Assembly’s Special Session on Gun Legislation.
RICHMOND – Statement by Deb Wake following the Virginia General Assembly’s vote to adjourn the Special Session on Gun Legislation without taking any action.
“The Special Session was a critical opportunity for a productive discussion about how we can mitigate gun violence in our state. We are deeply disappointed and saddened that the opportunity has been lost with the inaction of the General Assembly today,” said Deb Wake, President of the League of Women Voters of Virginia. “We believe there is a need for common sense gun laws to protect Virginians from gun violence. With almost 1,000 Virginias killed by gun violence every year, delays on legislation continue to place the safety of our families and children at risk. It is time for us to work together to pass legislative solutions to protect our children and our citizens from gun violence in Virginia.”
Deb Wake, President
League of Women Voters® of Virginia
Given today’s events, there will be another Press Release coming shortly, here is the one that was sent on the evening of the 8th by LWV of Virginia President, Deb Wake:
Virginia Legislators should work together to reduce gun violence.
The League of Women Voters of Virginia urges the General Assembly to reach across the aisle to pass sensible common sense policies to curb gun violence.
RICHMOND – Tuesday, July 9th, the Virginia General Assembly will convene a special session of the state legislature to take up gun safety measures in the wake of the mass shooting in Virginia Beach. The League of Women Voters of Virginia appreciates that our elected officials are addressing the need for gun violence prevention in the wake of the yet another tragedy in our state. We urge them to reach across the aisle to pass common-sense solutions including establishing universal background checks on all gun sales, and banning the sale of assault weapons, bump stocks, and high capacity magazines.
Curbing gun violence is a critical matter of public safety and public health as it is a far too common part of every life in Virginia. In the twelve years between the shootings at Virginia Tech and at Virginia Beach, gunfire has killed more than 11,000 Virginians. We need common sense gun laws both to prevent mass shootings and to protect Virginians from the every-day traumatic effects of gun violence.
The assembly has refused to act on previous efforts to reduce gun violence and to address this public health and safety crisis. In the wake of the devastating mass shooting in Virginia Beach, we need to reassure Virginia residents that our state is a safe place to live, work, and raise families. It is time for us to work together to pass legislative solutions to protect our children and our citizens from gun violence in Virginia.
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