An event to advocate for gun-control measures and to honor victims of gun violence was canceled Friday afternoon by its organizers, the Virginia Center for Public Safety, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.
“[We] have hosted this event for the last 28 years. Advocates have faced armed individuals trying to intimidate us each year. But this year is different,” said Lori Haas, state director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
“We have received information that heavily armed white supremacists will be seeking to incite violence, and our organization has decided that the safety of our volunteers, advocates and staff, many of whom are survivors of gun violence, must be our top priority.”