Letter: Kristy Wolfe, Leesburg

Editor: I’m not sure what proclamation Sterling resident Gina Wooden was reading, when she wrote a letter to the editor complaining about the “Wear Orange” proclamation issued by the Town of Leesburg Council.

The proclamation recognizes Friday, June 7 as National Gun Violence Awareness Day and the beginning of Wear Orange Weekend, which is dedicated to honoring the lives of Americans affected by gun violence and elevating the voice of every American who demands an end to gun violence.

The proclamation shared these simple facts: Every day, 100 Americans are shot and killed and hundreds more are wounded. Americans are 25 times more likely to be killed with guns than people in other high income countries.

It also affirmed that providing public safety is important to the Town Council and asked others to wear orange on June 7 because it symbolizes the value of human life. When we Wear Orange this weekend, we’ll be wearing it for the victims and survivors in Virginia Beach and countless other Americans who have been affected by gun violence.

It’s unfortunate council members Suzanne Fox, Thomas S. Dunn III, and Joshua Thiel voted against the proclamation, but perhaps they are worried about people like Gina Wooden, even though she can’t vote for their seats. It’s also unfortunate Mr. Dunn chose to deface the proclamation given to Moms Demand Action, instead of leaving his signature line blank if he did not wish to sign it.

As a Leesburg resident, I’m grateful Mayor Kelly Burk, Vice Mayor Fernando “Marty” Martinez, Council member Ronald Campbell and Council member Neil Steinberg support gun violence prevention efforts. We need more elected officials willing to stand up for gun violence prevention, and I hope voters remember these votes.

Kristy Wolfe, Leesburg

3 thoughts on “Letter: Kristy Wolfe, Leesburg

  • 2019-06-12 at 10:29 pm
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    Thanks to Mayor Burk, and council members Marty Martinez, Ron Campbell and Neil Steinberg for realizing that we need to do something about stopping the senseless killings by guns of innocent people. Wearing Orange for one week helps call attention to this serious problem that deserves more than “thoughts and prayers”– It might also help influence out Legislators in Richmond to pass meaningful measures to help reduce gun violence. I also have trouble understanding how anyone, especially elected officials like Suzanne Fox, Tom Dunn and Joshua Thiel who are supposed to be there to help keep citizens safe, could be against this measure.

  • 2019-06-14 at 7:45 am
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    Thank you for writing about this. I appreciate the impressive accomplishments of Moms Demand Action. They deserve all the honors and accolades they have received and will continue to receive. As a. Leesburg resident, I am embarrassed that the Council could not manage to issue a simple proclamation in a dignified way thanks to the actions of one bullying council member. Why three council members would vote against this acknowledgment of wearing orange on a special day to remember victims of gun violence is beyond comprehension.

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