Letter: Jackie Wilson, Chantilly

Editor: I am a single mom of two daughters in Loudoun County. The gun violence in America right now makes me feel anxious about our safety.

Virginia’s laws governing gun sales and ownership are too lax, and I fear will one day cause the gun violence stories on the news to affect me personally.

Therefore, this November, I am looking at the candidate’s views on gun laws or their voting record on gun laws if already in office. While researching the two candidates running for our district in Congress, Barbara Comstock and LuAnn Bennett, I found that Barbara Comstock supports the laws that make the NRA happy. As a Virginia Delegate, she voted yes to allow guns in bars in Virginia. Alcohol and guns do not go together under any condition. In Congress, she helped block a vote on banning guns for people on the terrorism watch list. LuAnn Bennett supports common-sense gun safety measures, like universal background checks and closing the gun-show loophole.

When Donald Trump recently made comments that incited violence via the Second Amendment, I expected Barbara Comstock to denounce his comments. She did not! For these reasons, I will be voting for LuAnn Bennett. She has denounced Trump and she stands on the side of the people and children in our community. I encourage all Loudoun Moms to do the same.

This November’s vote is more important than most years. There is a lot at stake and I hope that my fellow Loudoun Moms are well versed in what our candidate’s views are when it comes to gun violence. This vote is about our children’s future not just about the next few years. A vote for LuAnn Bennett is a vote for the safety of our children and community.

Jackie Wilson, Chantilly