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Community Committees Against Gun Violence Gains Momentum

The group will meet from 9-11 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax on Hunter Mill Road.

Nearly two months after the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., a local committee against gun violence has gained resident support across Vienna, Reston, Oakton and Herndon, gaining momentum for a "Week of Action" later this month.

Saturday morning is the second meeting of the Community Committees Against Gun Violence (CCAGV), a group that formed in January as a result of the shootings.

The meeting will run from 9-11 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, on Hunter Mill Road in Oakton.

The group first met Jan. 17 in Oakton, as well as an additional meeting in Reston. More than 80 local residents attended the January meetings to discuss what action can be taken locally to reduce gun violence.

The local groups began organizing the meetings after MoveOn.org put out a call-to-action. Bob Hatfield, one of the CCAGV's organizers in charge of community action, said he and other members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax wanted to take part and host a local meeting.

Since then, the group has engaged in a number of advocacy activities, including the March to End Gun Violence in Washington, DC last month, as well as a march and vigil at the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, said Hatfield.

Saturday’s meeting will be to plan and coordinate future advocacy events, including petitions, legislative office visits and communication during the Week of Action from February 18-23.

The National Week of Action, organized by MoveOn.org, will have a focus on communicating with and visiting with area senators, delegates and other legislators. 

Hatfield said attendees from the initial group meetings held in Oakton/Fairfax and Herndon/Reston as well as the Virginia Million Moms Chapter and the Project to End Gun Violence in DC, have been invited to Saturday’s gathering.

Those interested in attending can click here to register.

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joe brewer February 09, 2013 at 12:32 PM
So I guess these do-gooders are fighting against the "Community Committees for gun violence"? Are they after the gangsters? What is their solution? There was 80 people at the meeting so what action item did these brainacks come up with?
DW1976 February 10, 2013 at 12:11 AM
10,000 drunk driving fatalities in 2011. Another 10,000 bodies coming every year. But no one wants to ban beer because some people aren't able to consume it without killing. Where's the march on Washington for that?
Judy Rudek February 10, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Too many people cannot seperate 'gun' and 'violence' - we need to address the violence problem, not just guns.
Don Joy March 16, 2013 at 12:43 PM
The nauseating irony is that these people are anti-gun, when in fact the best way to decrease criminal gun violence is with a well-regulated militia (that is, every sober adult trained and equipped in the lawful use of arms). "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state" and all, y'know.

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