Moms Demand Action: Be Smart Virginia Beach

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We, as mothers advocating for the safety of our children, respectfully write to ask that gun violence in our schools be addressed in a proactive way.

~Sadly November 30, 2017, we lost one of our Virginia Beach City Public School students to gun violence.

~January 27, 2018 two Virginia Beach City Public School students were arrested for bringing a weapon on school property. Approximately one year earlier, a student brought a gun to a Virginia Beach City Public School.

~We have made lock down drills part of every Virginia Beach City Public School student’s experience.

We feel compelled to ask for your guidance and assistance in asking the adults in our community to do their part to keep our children safe from gun violence at school.

We are the local group of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a national gun violence prevention organization with a chapter in every state, born out of the unfortunate events of Sandy Hook where 20 first graders, along with 6 of their educators, were shot and killed. Just as Mothers Against Drunk Driving advocates for strengthening our laws when it comes to drinking & driving, and educates our fellow citizens and elected officials as to the statistics of loss of life due to drunk driving, we do the same for gun violence.

Across America there have been nearly 300 school shootings since 2013.

Now, including this latest school shooting in Parkland, FL that left 17 people dead, there have been 18 school shootings this year. 

We would like to meet with you to share our BeSmart campaign, a non-political conversation about kids, guns and safety, that we launched to take action to promote responsible gun ownership and reduce child & teen gun deaths.

The campaign focuses on education and awareness about child gun deaths and responsible gun storage. We encourage parents and caretakers to “Be SMART” and take these five simple steps to help prevent shootings by children and teens:

~Secure all guns in your home and vehicles

~Model responsible behavior around guns

~Ask about the presence of unsecured guns in other homes

~Recognize the risks of teen suicide

~Tell your peers to be SMART

Thank you very much for your time and consideration of this very important matter.

Putting responsibility on our children and reminding our children if they “see something, say something,” is not enough. The threat of easy access to firearms must be addressed as well if we are to make a real difference and keep our children safe from gun violence in our schools.

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