Lori Haas in The Washington Post

Virginia’s Crime Commission kicks off hearings on mass shootings

But Lori Haas, senior director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, was bluntly pessimistic about the proceedings.

“It’s an absolute farce on the part of Republicans,” said Haas, whose daughter was wounded in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. “I personally have been advocating and presenting them with reports, and data, and research for 12 years. They were just looking for a way to kick the can down the road when all eyes were on them during the special session.”

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