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.

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Take Action
  • The Stop Gun Violence Virginia license plate Bill, HB 287, has been signed into law.

    To apply for this license plate, 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.
  • June 2nd: Northern Virginia Wear Orange for National Gun Violence Awareness Rallyhosted by Moms Demand Action For Gun Violence with Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax. 7:00 – 8:30pm.
    Market Square in Old Town Alexandria 

    301 King Street in Old Town Alexandria
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    Click here for more details
  • June 14th: Monthly Vigil at NRA HQ in Memory of Newtown & all Victims & Survivors of Gun Violence. 10:00-11:00am.
    NRA HQ
    11250 Waples Mill Road
    Fairfax, VA 22030
    Click here for more details
  • June 11th: ASK Proclamation Falls Church City, hosted by Virginia Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention. 7:30pm
    City of Falls Church Community Center

    223 Little Falls Street
    Falls Church, VA 22046
    Click here for more details
  • Upcoming Events hosted by Moms Demand Action – VA Chapter 
    • May 16th: Reston May Membership Meeting. 7:00-8:30pm
      United Christian Parish
      11508 N Shore Drive
      Reston, VA 20190
      Click here for more details
    • May 17th: Sterling Visit to Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s Office. 12:00-1:00pm
      Comstock’s District Office
      21430 Cedar Drive
      Sterling, VA 20164
      Click here for more details
    • May 27th: Vienna – Viva Vienna Table. 10:00am
      Viva Vienna
      100 Church Street NW
      Vienna, VA 22180
      Click here for more details
    • May 28th: Falls Church Memorial Day Parade. 1:00-3:00pm
      RSVP for the event address
      Falls Church, VA 22046
      Click here to RSVP and for more details
    • May 30th: Burke/Fairfax May Membership Meeting. 7:00-8:30pm
      Frost Middle School
      4101 Pickett Road
      Fairfax, VA 22032
      Click here for more details
    • June 2nd: Reston Wear Orange Pre-Rally Meet-Up. 5:30-6:00pm
      Reston Metro Station
      1904 Reston Metro Plz
      Reston, VA 20190
      Click here for more details
    • June 27th: Burke/Fairfax June Membership Meeting. 7:00-8:30pm
      Frost Middle School
      4101 Pickett Road
      Fairfax, VA 22032
      Click here for more details