Reston-Herndon Group Plans Protest at NRA Friday

Reston-Herndon Committee Against Gun Violence formed in response to Newtown shootings.

A group of Reston-area residents is joining together to oppose gun violence.

The newly formed Reston-Herndon Committee Against Gun Violence will protest at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Fairfax headquarters of the National Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mills Rd. 

"The committee was formed in response to the dreadful violence in Newtown, Ct., and in support of President Obama's commitment to reduce the mass murders associated with gun violence," says co-founder Joanna Simon.

"I have grandchildren the age of the children in Newtown," Simon said. "I have always been against gun violence, but this really hit home."

The group plans to dress in black and carry signs that deliver facts about the terrible toll gun violence has taken in this country, Simon said.

Members of the group attended the Saturday Million Moms March against Gun Violence in Washington, DC. They are also focused on signing petitions supporting the current legislation against gun violence, both nationally and in Virginia.

"The members feel that the probability of success is highest at the Federal level, though we will be working at the state level as well," Simon said. She says the group supports the Constitution's Second Amendment, but feels regulation of guns is within constitutional limits.

Want to get involved? Contact Joanna.simon@verizon.net or Sally Brodsky horwatt@aol.com

More on recent gun control debate:
Howell-sponsored gun show loophole bill dies in Virginia senate committee 
Del. Ken Plum on Virginia gun laws 
Sen. Mark Warner on national gun laws 
Vice President  Joe Biden in Richmond to dicuss guns

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Mrs Barb Keeler January 31, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Joanna email link bounced. no reply yet from the other add'y. Anyone from Herndon/Reston want to carpool?
Newtown Action Alliance February 02, 2013 at 04:47 PM
The people of Newtown thank you very much for taking action like this. - The Newtown Action Alliance (www.facebook.com/newtownactionalliance)
Don Joy March 16, 2013 at 12:48 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. If these people would just stop and think for once! They have no qualms whatsoever about immediately calling men with guns to the scene of a horrific incident like the Newtown massacre, yet they cannot get it into their heads to simply put anyone armed there in the first place as a prophylactic measure! People without the conscience to acknowledge such basic reality actually vote in our elections, and that explains why our country is in such a mess.
Don Joy March 16, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Switzerland today, by the way, actually has a well-regulated militia along the lines of what America once had under the Militia Acts of 1792 and the Militia Act of 1795.


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