Continue actions to lease former Curves location to a gun shop
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There are reports that the former Curves storefront at 2105 N. Pollard Street, in a small strip mall along Lee Highway, will be occupied by a gun shop. We, the citizens of Arlington County, welcome a gun shop at this location. We are not alarmed that the shop is within 2 blocks of an Arlington County Public School that houses the HB Woodlawn Program and Stratford Program. Further, two elementary schools (Taylor and Arlington Science Focus), are only blocks away. Four additional schools are within 5 miles: Washington-Lee High School, St. Agnes, Key Elementary, and Glebe Elementary.
It is a welcome sign, in an era where our children are forced to practice "lock down" drills designed to train them how to protect themselves from armed intruders, to locate a gun shop anywhere in the vicinity of schools. Fears of armed intruders permeates their education, and placing a shop that sells guns and/or ammunition within immediate distance of schools will serve to remind students that greatest protection that adults can offer against a shooter is an armed adult citizenry.
We call on the owner of the shop to exercise concern for the community, and most particularly its youngest and most vulnerable residents, and continue any action that would allow a gun shop to occupy the space.
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