Letter: Kristin Jones, Ashburn

Editor: Passing a proclamation declaring June 7 as Gun Violence Awareness Day in Leesburg is not “weaponizing the proclamation process for partisan purposes,” as Gina Wooden wrote in her letter to the editor June 2. What is being weaponized is the Second Amendment, which is not absolute. Distorting its intent and ignoring the fact that the second-leading cause of childhood deaths in this country is due to firearms will lead to even more deaths if we don’t do something.

Twice as many kids died from gun injuries in 2016 as died from cancer. I didn’t make this up: These numbers come from The New England Journal of Medicine. These deaths are not only because of criminals, as Wooden alluded to, but domestic violence. Of children under the age of 13 who are victims of gun homicides, 85 percent of those deaths occur in the home and nearly a third of those deaths are connected to intimate partners or family violence. I didn’t make this up: These numbers come from the journal Pediatrics.

The purpose of the proclamation is to raise awareness of this public health issue so we, collectively, can find ways to address it. Nothing more. And for the record: Criminals aren’t criminals until they commit their first crime, like the Virginia Beach man who who shot and killed 12 people and wounded four others Friday.

Kristin Jones, Ashburn

4 thoughts on “Letter: Kristin Jones, Ashburn

  • 2019-06-04 at 3:12 pm
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    “…Criminals aren’t criminals until they commit their first crime…,” Who knew?

    This is the same sick logic of Gov. KKK/Blackface/Infanticide guy and his two cohorts in their political stunt today.
    I can hear those jokers now –” Hey! l know a good idea! Let’s punish law-abiding Virginians for the act of a long time governmnet employee going off the deep end. Because, after all, they may suddenly turn into criminals someday too.”

  • 2019-06-05 at 5:25 pm
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    Typical answer from politicians YN: Screw over the citizens who obey the law for the actions of insane people, all to distract away from their own failings.

    Gov. Blackface/KKK/infanticide guy has armed State Troopers with him 24/7. Why is his disgusting self any better than you and me YN?

    I know answering simple questions is difficult for you YN, but which of the grandstanding propositions Gov. Blackface/KKK/infanticide guy has made would have prevented the insane murderer from committing his evil act? Tell us which one?

    How does oppressing good people for the acts of evil people further the human endeavor?

  • 2019-06-06 at 8:48 am
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    Mass shooting are a fraction of the gun deaths but lets capitalize on the low information voter and while they do not have undies in a bunch let us use the non weaponized Leesburg Proclamation process for the not so inclusive LGBT… democrat agenda. Hopefully besides Dunn, Fox and Thiel someone will grow a pair and put a end to the misuse of the Proclamation use by Mayor Burk!
    25th Anniversary of the Leesburg Farmers Market

    Examples of Proclamations,
    50th Anniversary of Planning Districts in the Commonwealth
    Administrative Professionals Week
    Arbor Day – B&W
    Arbor Day – Color
    Autism Awareness Month
    Drinking Water Week
    International Archives Day
    Keep Leesburg Beautiful
    Kids to Parks Day-General
    Kids to Parks Day-Riley Corcoran
    Kids to Parks Day-Sammy Burk
    See the difference!

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