FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2018
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On Virginia Tech Anniversary, Survivors Reflect on Progress
Today marks the eleventh anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre; at the time, the shooting was the deadliest in American history.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Virginia State Director Lori Haas issued the following statement:
“Eleven years ago today, my daughter was shot and injured in her classroom at Virginia Tech. I still remember how I felt that day — the terror, and later, the anger that a man who never should have had access to a gun killed so many and shot and injured my child.
“Since that day eleven years ago, I have been working alongside dedicated advocates to strengthen our laws and prevent gun violence — including day-to-day gun violence and gun suicide. We have made great progress, and this progress has only accelerated in recent months.
“Since the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, we have seen evidence-based policies like extreme risk laws pass in several states. We have seen legislators who once pledged loyalty to the National Rifle Association (NRA) support bipartisan legislation and gestures on gun violence prevention policies. We have seen activists draw more attention to day-to-day gun violence in communities of color.
“The energy our movement is experiencing right now is incredible, and continuing to move forward is the most important thing we can do. Today and every day, we will continue to honor the victims of Virginia Tech — and victims of gun violence in all its forms — with action.”