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People use guns but, in a sense, guns use people too. When we have the technology for violence easily to hand, our choices are skewed and we are more vulnerable to being manipulated into violent action.
Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

Vigil to Remember the Victims of Gun Violence in Virginia on MLK Day Cancelled

Friends - it's with a heavy heart that we've decided to cancel our Vigil to Remember the Victims of Gun Violence in Virginia on MLK Day, Monday, January 20, 2020 out of an abundance of caution due to serious threats of violence by participants in the rally at the capitol organized for this same day.

 

We began holding peaceful vigils 28 years ago and while we have frequently experienced armed individuals trying to intimidate us, we have never been confronted with the kinds of threats being expressed by the opposition and aligned groups like we are experiencing currently.

 

From our early years when our numbers were small to a now rapidly growing number of Virginians supporting common sense gun violence prevention policies, we continue to stress the importance of awareness, education and advocacy as it relates to public safety and peace.

 

As an alternative, please use the day to reach out to your state legislators and express your support for their efforts to curb gun violence in Virginia.

 

 

You can read more about this decision HERE


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In a hard-hitting piece in the May 6th Washington Post entitled "Terrorists who want to buy guns have friends on Capitol Hill", columnist Dana Milbank asks the question: "Is the NRA a terrorist organization"?

According to Milbank's report, on Wednesday "New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, using the star power they acquired in the apprehension of the Times Square bomb suspect, came to Capitol Hill to plead for Congress to change the absurdity in the law that keeps those with alleged terrorist ties off airplanes but enables them to legally buy guns and explosives."

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