In a letter to the editor on June 28, Gina Wooden criticized the Leesburg Town Council for presenting a National Gun Violence Awareness Day proclamation to Moms Demand Action. She began her letter by asking, “When will it end?”

I'd like to respond to her question by telling her that it will end when: 100 Americans aren’t killed with guns each day; firearms are no longer the second-leading cause of death for American youth; 52 women aren’t killed each month by an intimate partner; and Republicans start representing their constituents rather than the National Rifle Association. A large majority of Americans – including Democrats, Republicans and Independents – support reasonable gun legislation including background checks for all gun purchasers and a ban of assault-style weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks.

Ms. Gooden concluded her letter by noting that three members of the council voted against theproclamation, which gave her hope that sanity will prevail. The statistics cited above are not sane. Republicans deferring to lobbyists over their constituents is not democratic. We need groups like Moms Demand Action and proclamations like the one passed by the council to raise awareness about gun violence because awareness will cause both sanity and democracy toprevail. I am thankful to Moms Demand Action, Mayor Kelly Burk, Vice Mayor Fernando “Marty” Martinez, Council Member Neil Steinberg and Council Member Ronald Campbell for their dedication to ending gun violence.

Jill Weiss

Leesburg

(19) comments

jke

See!


jke

what?


DavisB

what?


amerigirl

What to what? What and who are you asking?


jke

I assume Davisb has some change in mind that will cure the gun violence and still retain the rights of law abiding citizens pray tell enlighten us all? None of Northam recent gun grabber bills would of saved anyone they just erodes legal rights.


DavisB

how about we start with eliminating the ban on the gov't researching the issue (the ban that the gun lobby put in place to protect their market, not to protect people) so that we can approach violence with the same effort and funding that we attack other health issues?


P-Ville Mom

First there never was a ban on research only restrictions as to research not seemingly to advocate for legislation. Second, a recent bill passed and signed by the president states the CDC is not banned from conducting research. However, research is limited because it’s never funded.


amerigirl

P-ville, it may not be banned but it was defunded under the Dickey Amendment and signed into law by Trump on March 23, 2018. It is not that is was never funded, it was defunded due to the Dickey Amendment. What is the point of doing the research if the public is not allowed to see it and the CDC is not allowed to try to make recommendations on curing gun violence? There name is the Center for Disease Control, they recognize the problem and try to cure it, or at least they did until republicans beholden to the NRA spoke up for the NRA. After all the NRA spent $55 million on the 2016 election, much more than ever before. No wonder they welcomed the Russians in.


amerigirl

I bet that the 19 or so people at the El Paso Walmart that were killed today were law abiding citizens. I bet the people killed and injured in the 248 mass shootings in the last 212 days ending 7/31/19 were law abiding citizens too. Pray tell and enlighten me on what their rights were. The Gun Violence Archive says there have been 32,387 total shooting incidents so far in 2019 as of Wednesday, resulting in 8,533 deaths and 16,945 injuries. Where are the rights of those law abiding citizens?


amerigirl

Were the people shopping in El Paso law abiding citizens? How about the people killed in Ohio, were they not law abiding citizens? Doesn't it say in the Declaration of Independence that they had a right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Isn't that the fundamental rights that creating our country was based on?


jke

Thanks Swampfiller. My wife Gina Wooden and I see everyday, people becoming fed up with the nonsense like the above article. From gun grabbing, to abortions in the 3rd trimester, to experiments with social engineering democrats have lost their way. We have the best slate of candidates running on the republican side in the history of Loudoun. You have to include the Soil and Water and School Board republican endorsed candidates. A clean sweep will send a message to the Northam, Boysko, Wexton voters that we will not appease bad behavior.

DavisB

JKE and many others protest against any and all attempts to make change. It makes one wonder if they happy with the way things are. Just this week we had another shooting but JKE wants no change? I just don't understand that way of thinking.

amerigirl

Four mass shooting just last weekend.


DavisB

another one today - yet SwampFiller, JKE and too many others want no change. Why?


amerigirl

Two more this weekend, 29 people were killed and about 50 injured in about 13 hours. Is there another use for assault style rifles other than killing massive numbers of people at one time?


amerigirl

Maybe you should move to Tennessee, again, who is trying to grab your gun? That's an old NRA myth. Sorry that the 2020 elections are going to let you down, like I said, Tennessee.


swampfiller

I've been settling into my new home in Tennessee, wth my shotgun over the fireplace, for bears of course. I noticed my old girl friend's name Gooden, then saw that it was jke's wife Wooden, not my girlfriend. I hadn't realized that I had left any sane people behind when I left the great burg of Leesburg. Keep it up jke . It will be tough with all thw socialists around. Ask her how many babies die every year just so women folks can feel better about their bodies. They don't admit to murder when done without a gun.

amerigirl

Too bad Tennessee hasn't helped you. Saying women have abortions for fun is like saying a man gets castrated to make biking easier.


jke

If they were so good at their job there would not be any gun violence is what I gather from this kibble. BTW my wife's name is Ms. Wooden not gooden, just another in a list of mistakes gun grabbers make. The awareness needed is about gun free zones so safety minded, legal 2nd amendment people can stay away from your self inflicted slaughter zones! Burk got caught along with the others using the process for partisan reasons. Shame on them and vote them out asap. I know next you will tell me what a great idea the 3rd trimester bill co-sponsored by Boysko is.

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