ON ANNIVERSARY OF VIRGINIA TECH SHOOTING, VIRGINIANS FOR RESPONSIBLE GUN LAWS USES BILLBOARD BLITZ TO DEMAND ACTION FROM ERIC CANTOR

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April 16, 2013
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Ladd Everitt, (202) 701-7171,  leveritt@csgv.org
ON ANNIVERSARY OF VIRGINIA TECH SHOOTING, VIRGINIANS FOR RESPONSIBLE GUN LAWS USES BILLBOARD BLITZ TO DEMAND ACTION FROM ERIC CANTOR
Gun violence prevention group takes local action as national advocates gather at U.S. Capitol to remember those killed by gun violence
Richmond, VA – Today, on the sixth anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting, Virginians for Responsible Gun Laws, a project of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV), is demanding action from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor through a series of billboards that went up today in Cantor €™s home district.

The billboards feature a well-known image from a vigil held at Virginia Tech and carry the message, €œ187,082 gun deaths in America since Virginia Tech. Ask Eric Cantor €˜How many MORE must die? €™ € This message is on display on billboards located at I-64 at Laburnum Ave, the 7900 Block of W. Broad Street, Laburnum Ave, 9500 W. Broad Street and Parham Road just south of I-95, all locations within or near Cantor €™s congressional district. The image can be found at  http://goo.gl/9XKtJ.  

€œOn this anniversary, we call on Congress to pass strong legislation that includes background checks and provisions to prevent felons and the seriously mentally ill from obtaining weapons. How many more must die before Congress acts? € said Lori Haas, whose daughter Emily survived the Virginia Tech shooting. Haas is the Virginia Organizer of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and a Richmond resident.

As the Senate begins debate, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is calling for the passage of gun violence prevention measures currently under consideration including background checks, a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, as well as measures preventing those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns. CSGV has also announced its support for the Toomey-Manchin Amendment.

Leaders of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence also convened on the U.S. Capitol lawn at 9:38 a.m. today to remember the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting. They are continuing the vigil that began last week by reading the names of those who have been killed due to gun violence since the shooting at Newtown. The vigil will conclude when the Senate takes its final vote on gun violence legislation.

€œIt €™s appalling that six years after the Virginia Tech shooting we are still waiting for Congress to institute background checks that would prevent dangerous weapons from getting into the hands of criminals and domestic abusers, € said Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. €œEric Cantor and the House of Representatives should be addressing this issue today and not sitting around as spectators in this vital debate. €


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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