Editor: This week, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors tabled a resolution to simply acknowledge National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
Gun violence is all around us. We are not immune in Loudoun County. According to the CDC, there were 885 deaths due to firearms in Virginia in 2014 alone. This is truly a public health crisis, and it is why many groups such as the National PTA and the American Academy of Pediatrics support National Gun Violence Awareness Day. This isn’t about politics, it’s about common sense.
When we resort to performing lock down drills in our schools to keep our children and teachers safe from gun violence, we must ask ourselves what more we can do – the status quo is absolutely not sufficient. The local chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has been working hard in the community to raise awareness of gun violence in all its forms, whether it be unintentional child shootings, suicide or mass shootings.
We are a local organization of volunteers—moms, dads, teachers, friends, and gun owners—who care about the safety of our kids, Republican or Democrat. The issue of gun violence is not going away. The Board cannot continue to hide from this indefinitely.
Amy McPike, Brambleton