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.