MOTHER OF GUN VIOLENCE SURVIVOR NAMED TO VIRGINIA STATE CRIME COMMISSION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2014
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Mother of Gun Violence Survivor Named to Virginia State Crime Commission
Washington, DC—The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence commends Lori Haas, mother of a Virginia Tech shooting survivor and the Virginia State Director for the Coalition, on her appointment by Governor Terry McAuliffe to the State Crime Commission in Virginia.“

I am so pleased that Lori has been appointed to the Virginia Crime Commission,” said Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “Lori not only brings a broad understanding of public policy to the table, but as the mother of a shooting survivor, she also offers an important and deeply personal perspective to the work of this important body.”

Haas thanked Gov. McAuliffe for asking her to serve and said, “I’m honored to be named to the Virginia Crime Commission. I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners to reduce crime, especially gun violence, in the Commonwealth.”

“I will never forget the moment my daughter called me on that fateful day in April 2007 and told me, ‘Mommy, I’ve been shot,’” added Haas. “Those words changed our lives.”

“How could I stop now?  Tomorrow, someone else in Virginia could get a much worse call.  I don’t want that to happen.”


The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy.

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