Friday, March 15, 2013
Moms Rising protesters were turned away in the parking lot of the National Rifle Association headquarters in Fairfax, where officials reportedly would not accept a printed petition with more than 150,000 signatures.
A group of moms and supporters trying to deliver a petition to the National Rifle Association headquarters Thursday in Fairfax were reportedly turned away by NRA officials. Members of Moms Rising, the Reston-Herndon Alliance to End Gun Violence, Million Mom March and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense attempted to deliver a petition with more than 150,000 signatures to the office and were turned away in the parking lot. The petition asks the NRA leaders to reassess their position and stop standing in the way of common sense gun reform. Herndon's Gloria Pan, a local member of Moms Rising, said about 50 or so people joined in on the delivery and protest effort. Pan said Moms Rising also sent invitations to the NRA to sit down with the group’s …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Reston-Herndon Committee Against Gun Violence gathers to ask National Rifle Association for sensible gun laws.
Reston residents who recently formed the Reston-Herndon Committee Against Gun Violence, picketed at National Rifle Association headquarters in Fairfax on Friday. The group was recently formed in response to the December school shooting in Newtown, Ct. Read more about the group here. Read co-founder Sally Singer Brodsky's blog on gun laws and the Newtown shootings hitting home for her here.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
In light of Sandy Hook shootings and ahead of Virginia General Assembly kickoff this week, union turns to members to get opinion on guns in schools and what safe schools should look like.
In the weeks since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., politicians and advocacy groups have issued recommendations for how schools can try to prevent the tragedy — which killed 26 students and school employees — from happening again. A voice so far largely absent from those discussions in Fairfax and Northern Virginia: teachers. One of Fairfax County's largest teachers unions is hoping to change that, launching Tuesday a security and schools survey asking its 4,265 members about the use of guns in schools, where the system could use extra security personnel, how safe schools are now and how to make them safer, among other topics. "What I see more and more of is politicians posturing up and taking positions …
Monday, December 24, 2012
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said.
In an Friday morning press conference, the Fairfax-based National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, Conn., and called for a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around American schools. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." "We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Representatives of three state education agencies issued a rebuttal to Gov. McDonnell's comments about possibly allowing teachers and other school staff to carry weapons.
Virginia educators said they are concerned about the governor’s interest in allowing teachers and staff members to carry guns into schools, noting violence prevention isn’t an issue of more guns, but more funding. Officials with three education associations—the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP), the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP) and the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS)—released a statement Friday on the issue. It came shortly after the National Rifle Association (NRA) called for "armed security" around schools but was in response to statements earlier this week by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. The education organizations said they appreciate Gov. McDonnell’s …