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RICHMOND, Va. – Colin Goddard, a Senior Policy Advocate at Everytown for Gun Safety and a survivor of the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech, today applauded Governor Terry McAuliffe for introducing a series of executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence in the state and making it more difficult for dangerous people to get their hands on guns.
STATEMENT FROM COLIN GODDARD, SENIOR POLICY ADVOCATE AT EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY:
“Governor McAuliffe’s executive actions announced today are critical steps toward reducing gun violence in the Commonwealth and keeping Virginians safe. As a survivor of the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007, and as an American just fed up with watching shootings continue to happen to more innocent people, this is personal for me. I’ve spent my life since the shooting advocating for common-sense policies that will keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and domestic abusers and crack down on illegal gun trafficking. So today I am incredibly proud to see Governor McAuliffe demonstrating what it means to be a leader by standing up to the gun lobby on this critical issue and doing all in his power to help save lives. I speak for thousands of Virginians and gun violence survivors alike in thanking the Governor for standing on the side of gun safety.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs