Loudoun Republicans Attack Gun Violence Resolution

The Loudoun County Republican Committee has come out strongly against a resolution on the agenda for Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting which recognizes National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

“Our Loudoun Board of Supervisors should not be approving resolutions that threaten the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment that was drafted by our Founders and included in the Bill of Rights,” the LCRC wrote in a press release.

The draft resolution, as written, would be presented to the Loudoun chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

The LCRC press release includes a suggested message for supervisors from the Virginia Citizens Defense League, an organization which advertises its reputation for being more radical than the NRA, and which opposes any gun control laws.

“Michael Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action (MDA) group is nothing but another gun-control group, who are far more concerned with restricting our right to self-defense than they are trying to do something about violence itself,” the message reads. “If MDA wanted to do something about violence, they wouldn’t focus on an inanimate tool used by criminals (guns), they would focus on the criminals themselves.”

It concludes that the MDA “isn’t doing anything worthy of recognition.”

Amy McPike, head of the Loudoun MDA, defended her organization. The Loudoun chapter, she said, pushes no laws and emphasizes only education.

“Our focus is really not political,” McPike said. “It’s not trying to take away anyone’s gun. It’s solely focused on child safety.” She cites numbers collected by the Gun Violence Archive, which reports 242 children under the age of 11 have been injured or killed by guns so far this year.

Nationally, the MDA has lobbied Congress to expand background checks for purchasing guns. The group was founded by Shannon Watts in 2012 in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“Essentially, all we’re working on in Loudoun County, and what my main focus is, is child access prevention, trying to keep kids safe from having access to a gun,” McPike said. “It’s our belief that adults are responsible for keeping kids safe.”

Her organization encourages people to secure their guns and ask others about unsecured guns, as well as encouraging parents to learn about the risks of teen suicide. When she drops her kids off for a play date with the children of a gun owner, she said, she asks about how their guns are stored.

“If your child has a peanut allergy or an allergy to a cat, that’s important to know,” McPike said. “It’s also important to know if there’s a gun in the home, because many people will die from accidental discharge.”


5 thoughts on “Loudoun Republicans Attack Gun Violence Resolution

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  • 2016-06-07 at 10:26 am

    What I find interesting about MDA and Brady type organizations is they keep referring to Sandy Hook as an example of why firearms need to be limited or completely banned. The interesting part is that twice the system worked. The young man applied for a fire arm and was denied (background check in place worked). So then he kills his mother to steal her firearms. Once at the school, the doors were locked and the staff denied him access to the school. At this, the young man shoots out the window in the door to gain access to the structure.

    I am highly offended when organizations lump all gun owners into the same group as this individual. Outside of military service, I have never pointed a firearm at anyone in my 40+ years of owning firearms. I feel it would be a much better use of time to enforce the laws already on the books and concentrate on the “bad guys” and not continue to create ways to restrict law abiding owners.

    I do however fully support education. Two of the largest youth education organizations for outdoor safety is the NRA (which many enjoy attaching) and the Izaak Walton League. Both organizations emphasize safety above any other action for archery and firearm handling.

  • 2016-06-06 at 9:32 pm

    Gun laws for Virginia are made at the state level – not the county. Much of the works Moms does at the local level is focused on ensuring children are not dying in their homes from unintentional gun shots. Good to know there are still many who value the gun over the life of a child.

  • 2016-06-06 at 6:50 pm

    “Our focus is really not political,” McPike said. “It’s not trying to take away anyone’s gun. It’s solely focused on child safety.”

    Not true, and Ms. McPike knows it. Her group recently endorsed a democrat for president. That would be “political” by any reasonable standard. They advocate for restrictions on the constitutionally protected rights of law-abiding Loudoun County citizens. The so called “resolution” up for a vote appears to have been written by gun control groups in order to praise… you guessed it, gun control groups.

    They are funded by control freak billionaire Mike Bloomberg (0.001 percenter) and push for a radical agenda not aimed at the criminal use of firearms, but rather law-abiding taxpayers.

    When I see these people walking the streets of South East D.C. and the south side of Chicago working to eliminate illegal firearms, then maybe they’ll earn some respect. Until then, they’re just another phony astroturf group paid for by know it all billionaires working to strip you of your freedoms.

    There are tens of thousands of Loudoun citizens who responsibly possess firearms. It’s time for the Board to side with mainstream Loudoun, and reject the extreme.

    Yet again, instead of addressing traffic congestion, overcrowded classrooms, and increasing taxes, the Board wastes time and effort propping up fringe anti-freedom groups.

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