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Shepherd Bliss: Thousands of students protest gun violence

Driving through small-town Sebastopol on March 14 toward the Senior Center, this 73-year-old noticed groups of young students with signs gathering on downtown street corners and waving to motorists.

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Business leading effort to push Congress on gun violence

Rachel’s Quilt Patch in Staunton is leading a local effort to tell Congress that it’s time to do something about gun violence.

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Kaine: Why do we have to be bystanders to gun violence?

During a more than 15-hour filibuster on the Senate floor, Sen. Tim Kaine added his voice to the renewed push for legislative action to combat gun violence.

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Kaine backs bill ending ban on firearms safety research

On National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Senator Tim Kaine announced his support for two pieces of legislation to address gun violence.

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AG Herring urges Congress to address gun violence

Attorney General Mark R. Herring has joined a coalition urging Congress to immediately allow and support research by the CDC into gun violence.

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Kaine statement on executive actions on gun violence

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the executive actions President Obama announced to reduce gun violence.

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Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam on gun violence legislation

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam released the following statement on the recently announced bipartisan legislation to reduce gun violence.

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Ken Plum: Clearing an obstacle to gun violence prevention in Virginia

Virginia has the distinction of having had the biggest mass murder in history, Virginia Tech in 2007, and the first televised shooting, Smith Mountain Lake in 2015.

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Herring takes part in regional AG meeting on gun violence

Attorney General Mark Herring joined in a first-of-its-kind regional meeting to discuss opportunities for collaboration to prevent and reduce gun violence.


Obama’s tears for ableist fears

President Obama has said he’ll increase the efficiency of background checks. Obama’s reasoning comes from the belief that gun violence is on the rise.

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Bernie Sanders statement on Obama gun safety executive actions

U.S. Sen Bernie Sanders issued the following statement after President Barack Obama announced he will sign a series of executive orders on gun safety.

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Virginia Democrats respond to Obama executive actions on guns

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and other Virginia Democratic Party leaders responded positively to the executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence announced today by President Obama.

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Remarks by President Obama on gun safety reform

Remarks by President Obama today at the White House on his executive actions on gun safety reform.


Fact sheet: Obama executive actions on gun violence

President Obama is set to announce executive actions on Tuesday aimed at curbing gun violence. The White House released a fact sheet detailing the actions late Monday.


American Constitution Society statement on Obama gun violence order

Today President Obama announced he will take executive action to lessen gun violence in the face of a growing epidemic of shootings across the country.

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Law scholars detail action President Obama could take to lessen gun violence

As President Obama considers action to address gun violence, leading law scholars lay out several constitutionally sound ways to curb gun violence.


Higher ed groups oppose campus carry laws

Advocates of so-called campus carry legislation contend that the presence of weapons in classrooms and other campus facilities will deter those seeking to wreak violence. Oregon is one state where campus carry is legal, but that did not prevent the tragedy.

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Law professors to President Obama: Take executive action to end gun violence

With gun violence in America at epidemic proportions and a seemingly do-nothing Congress beholden to the gun lobby refusing to act, a group of the nation’s top constitutional scholars, organized by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), sent a letter to the White House calling on President Obama to take executive action to curb gun violence.


Americans for Responsible Solutions statement on Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe executive order on gun violence

Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, issued the following statement responding to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s proposed executive action on gun violence prevention laws.

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McAuliffe signs gun safety executive order

Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed an executive order directing actions to keep guns out of dangerous hands by better enforcing existing Virginia law. The governor signed the executive order at a press conference alongside U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Attorney General Mark Herring and members of the law enforcement and gun safety advocacy community.

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Governor McAuliffe vetoes gun bills to protect public safety

Governor Terry McAuliffe kept his promise to Virginians to take concrete steps to reduce gun violence in Virginia by vetoing on Friday three irresponsible pieces of legislation that had been supported by the gun lobby.


Backroom deals killing Virginia gun safety bills?

Less than two weeks into the General Assembly session, Republican lawmakers have resorted to backroom deals in order to kill a package of gun safety bills in an effort to avoid attracting attention from the media and public.

Ken Plum: Virginia General Assembly session under way

The General Assembly convened for its annual session on January 14. Although the session scheduled to adjourn at the end of February is termed “the short session,” it will have a full agenda of opportunities and challenges.

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The other side of gun violence, mental illness, justice

A guy shoots up a school, the right howls about not giving up Second Amendment rights because of random gun violence, says it’s mental illness, does nothing about mental illness.

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Governor McAuliffe announces legislation to prevent gun violence

Governor McAuliffe today announced a series of legislative proposals aimed at protecting Virginia residents and families through common-sense gun violence prevention efforts.

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Kaine joins in introducing Senate bill to protect domestic violence victims

Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) to introduce the Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention Act of 2014, legislation that would encourage states to remove firearms from domestic abusers.

Ken Plum: Preventing gun violence

The total number of people killed by guns, suicide and accidental deaths between Newtown and December 2013 is 12,042. With all the fear and anguish brought on by these shootings, little has been done to address the issue in Congress or in state legislatures.

Captain Mark Kelly statement on anniversary of Virginia Tech Massacre

Captain Mark Kelly, Co-Founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions, issued the following statement on the 7th anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre.

Tea Party Scorecard: Randy Forbes, Robert Hurt in lockstep

Virginia’s swing district Republicans, a list that now includes Reps. Randy Forbes and Robert Hurt, vote with the most extreme wing of their party on the vast majority of issues, according“Tea Stained,” a groundbreaking new legislative scorecard compiled by Americans United for Change.

State Senate committee votes to kill two pro-gun bills

Democrats in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted Wednesday to curb gun violence by stopping two House bills that would have weakened existing regulations to keep dangerous weapons including machine guns and bazookas out of public circulation and recognize more easily obtained out-of-state concealed carry permits.