Gun Violence in Schools – What can we do?

In 2018 there have been at least 20 reported incidents of gun fire in schools across the country.

In the wake of the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL many are asking “what can we do to combat gun violence in schools?” As a country we have abandoned our children’s and teachers’ inalienable right to safety. We must now take action to support the brave students who stand up and say #NeverAgain.

Click here to sign up and be informed about local actions you can take to stop gun violence

Take Action
  • The Stop Gun Violence Virginia license plate Bill, HB 287, has passed a  Virginia General Assembly conference committee and is expected to be signed into law.

    To apply for this license plate before May 1st, follow these instructions:

    • Download this DMV License Plate Application
    • Decide if you want a Non-personalized ($10) or Personalized plate ($20; up to 6 characters).
    • Identification Number: found on vehicle registration form or on dashboard.
    • Vehicle Title Number: You will have this number only if your car is paid for.
    • Mail the form with check payable to: Stop Gun Violence License Plate Program LLC
      P.O. Box 6580, Falls Church, VA 22046
    • CSGV submits everything to the DMV on/before June 30, whereupon plate production begins, with a delivery date of February or March 2019.
  • The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) released a list of What You Can Do Right Now To Reduce Gun Violence
  • Rep. Gerry Connolly is a firm advocate of the ABC:
    • Reinstate the assault weapons ban
    • Pass universal background checks
    • Close the gun show loophole.
  • Rep. Don Beyer is proposing restraining orders against gun owners who are suspected to be a threat to themselves or others.
  • Read this Action List for Youth for ideas on things you can do
  • You can write letters to your local, state, and national representatives. The Brady Campaign has tips on how to organize your letter effectively here.
  • To contribute to the victims of the shooting, you can do so through the official donation page here.
  •  You can VOTE THEM OUT. The only way out of this cycle of violence is to elect leaders who actually care about doing something.  According to the New York Times, Northern Virginia Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock received over $137,000 in support from the NRA, putting her in the top ten!  Click here for a list of Democrats running in the June 12 primary for the nomination to take on Comstock in November.

  • A boycott of companies that partner with the NRA is underway, and it’s working.  Many companies have already ended their relationships with the NRA.  Learn about it here.
  • Take a look at these organizations that are doing work locally:




Upcoming Events
  • Visit the Northern Virginia chapter of the Brady Campaign to find out how you can help in your community.
  • On Saturday, March 24th we invite you to participate in the March for Our Lives, an event organized by students and supported by gun violence prevention groups across the country. This event will take place in DC with sister marches throughout the US.
    DC March location: the March will take place on Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 3rd and 12th streets – click here to sign up
    Local Democrats: meet 9:45-10am at 9th St. & Constitution Ave (click for details)
    Volunteer for the March! Click here
    Are you offering housing or seeking housing for the March?  Click here
    Bus rides to the March: Click here for bus with VA Democracy Forward. Click here for bus with Democratic Women of Clifton & Northern VA (departs from Fair Oaks)
  • April 20th: National School Walkout. On the anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, protest lawmakers’ failure to take action on gun violence.  Click here to find area student groups participating.
  • April 29th at 1pm: The Virginia Tech Victims Family Outreach Foundation will be planting 32 trees in a memorial grove at Chinquapin Park, Alexandria. To show your support, attend or donate to support the campaign to ensure that those who are found to be a danger to themselves or others will not be able to purchase firearms. Click here for details.
Caryn is an Instructional Designer and the Webmaster for FCDC.