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.
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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