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.”