jump to example.com
newsletter linked in

Democrats push gun safety measures

constitutionIn the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting and the morning following President Obama’s announcement of new public safety measures to stem gun violence, House and Senate Democrats held a public safety press conference in the House Briefing Room on Friday.

State Sens. Donald McEachin, Mark Herring and Ralph Northam and Dels. Delores McQuinn, Joe Morrissey and Alfonso Lopez outlined package of legislation to address mental health care services, improve school safety, limit high capacity magazines, and institute universal background checks.  Lori Haas, mother of a Virginia Tech massacre survivor, spoke from her perspective as a family member of someone who survived gun violence.

Herring and Northam spoke about the need to improve mental health care services.

Herring (D-Loudoun) said, “This is about keeping the public safe and making sure parents all across the Commonwealth don’t have to be nervous to send their kids to school. We need to come together and work to ensure that those who may be dangerous or those that need help aren’t slipping through the cracks. That’s why I strongly support increasing funding for mental health, and promoting greater cooperation between schools and our mental health system.”

Northam (D-Norfolk) said, “Progress has been made, but we still have a long ways to go. We have to help make sure the mentally ill get the help they need. Now, determining who needs help requires a trained professional, so as we move forward we need to provide the proper funding for mental illness. It’s been too long since the tragedy at Virginia Tech, and not enough has been done since. So we all need to work together. And the bottom line is that we need to make gun violence a priority, provide the resources it will take to stop this violence.”

McQuinn (D-Richmond) presented legislation on improving school safety.  “As elected officials, we all have a solemn obligation to protect the safety of all Virginia citizens, especially our children,” said McQuinn.  “We must work together to ensure that all of our schools, in every community and every neighborhood, are a sanctuary of learning, innovation and exploration, free from the fear and threat of violence.  Our children deserve nothing less.”

Lopez (D-Arlington) spoke on his legislation to ban high capacity military grade magazines.  “High capacity magazines have one purpose – and one purpose only: To kill humans.  High capacity ammo magazines are responsible for a far too high percentage of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty,” said Lopez.  “I believe that banning high capacity magazines is a basic, common-sense public safety measure.  Moreover, I believe this is the right thing to do for our communities and our citizens.”

Sen. McEachin concluded the speaking section by discussing his legislation to implement universal background checks on gun sales.

McEachin (D-Henrico) said, “I’m appalled that 40% of gun sales take place without a background check. By fixing background checks, we can make sure guns don’t wind up in the hands of terrorists, felons or the mentally ill. Background checks aren’t burdensome — most take less than 2 minutes, and 90% take less than 2 hours. Mandatory background checks are popular — among Democrats and Republicans, even among NRA members. Universal background checks are a law-enforcement necessity.”

Discussion
 
Top Stories
a

UVA names starting QB: Kurt Benkert gets keys to new offense

The Air Raid offense is coming to Charlottesville, and the new UVA starting quarterback is ready to sound the sirens.

The first Alzheimer’s survivor: Advocates have goal in mind

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis seems to come with finality. But advocates are looking to the day when we can say we’ve had our first Alzheimer’s survivor.

Roanoke College poll: Hillary Clinton with big lead in Virginia

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has a yu-u-uge lead on Republican Donald Trump in Virginia, according to a new Roanoke College poll released on Tuesday.

Fishburne Military School welcomes 12th superintendent

Fishburne Military School has officially selected retired Navy Captain Mark E. Black as the school’s 12th superintendent.

Distribution agreement latest growth push at StableCraft Brewing

StableCraft Brewing in Augusta County has entered into an agreement with Blue Ridge Beverage Co. to distribute StableCraft beers to restaurants in Virginia.

Salvation Army: Service on the front lines of need

On his first day heading up a local Salvation Army unit in Washington, D.C., Jason Perdieu was helping with a program providing food to the local homeless population.

Suicide prevention walk to be held at Gypsy Hill Park

For the second year, suicide prevention advocates and survivors will walk together to bring the topic of suicide out of the darkness.

First full season at Wayne Theatre kicks off

The Kickoff Weekend of the first full season at the Historic Wayne Theatre/Ross Performing Arts Center is set for Sept. 8-10.

Waynesboro Senior Center sponsoring Warm Up for Winter coat drive

The Waynesboro Senior Center is sponsoring a Warm Up for Winter coat drive that will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 1.

AFP produces new Y Magazine for Waynesboro YMCA

The new issue of the Y Magazine highlighting news and program information at the Waynesboro YMCA is on the streets.

 
Recent News

Viewpoints
 
Hosts Chris Graham and Crystal Graham of Augusta Free Press highlight local news and newsmakers with an emphasis on the Shenandoah Valley on Viewpoints on WVPT.

Join the conversation on WVPT's Facebook page.

Chris Graham is the editor of Augusta Free Press, ESPN3 baseball broadcaster and the author of five books. Crystal Graham is the award-winning former host of WVPT’s Virginia Tonight.

Show airs Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m.

Want to see what's coming up on Viewpoints? Click here.

Missed a show? Watch OnDemand and on our YouTube channel.

Past shows are also available via the PBS app wherever it is available (iOS, Xbox, Roku, Android, etc). Videos will be found more easily if you localize the app and select WVPT as your local PBS station.

AFP Business

Your One-Stop Media Shop

Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including web design, magazine/brochure, TV/radio, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation.
 

Advertise

Get information on readership and advertising online with us.


AFP Classes

Augusta Free Press offers a series of hour-long classes on website design, marketing strategy, social media, event planning and more.


Web Design

You want a new website, but don’t have the first clue as to how to build one. That’s our job. Get your business online for as little as $1,299.


Graphic Design

Whether you need a fresh business card design, rack card, ad, flyer or full magazine design, we can help with all your graphic-design needs.


Marketing/PR

Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.


Search Engine Optimization

The prettiest website in the world is like a tree falling in the forest with no one there to hear it. If your website hasn’t been search engine optimized, no one is going to see it or hear it – and it’s not going to work for you.


Video/Audio

Web videos, TV and radio commercials, DVDs – Augusta Free Press LLC has you covered when it comes to video and audio production.