RICHMOND, VA – Democrats in the Virginia General Assembly have expressed frustration over Republicans' refusal to take up gun control legislation in the wake of Wednesday's deadly school shooting in Florida. The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead and 14 injured. It was the deadliest school shooting in the United States since 26 people were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.
RICHMOND, Va. (WVEC) -- After the Florida school shooting Wednesday, Virginia lawmakers are speaking out about the gun safety measures that have failed in the state capital.
Attorney General Mark Herring is blaming Republicans for the current gun safety laws that he said aren’t sufficient.
“There is a majority in the legislature who are more beholden to the gun lobby and gun manufacturers than their constituents and we need to keep the communities safe,” said Herring.
The Virginia General Assembly’s 2018 session has reached its midpoint, with more than 1,000 bills passing between the House and Senate, including potential changes to health care, criminal justice and transportation.
Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment Jr., R-James City, was pleased with what his party has accomplished this session.
“From measures that will make healthcare more accessible and affordable, to meaningful legislation to grow our economy, Republican senators have been unified in their commitment to improving the lives of all Virginians,” Norment said.
RICHMOND, Va. — Democrats in the Virginia General Assembly have expressed frustration over Republicans’ refusal to take up gun control legislation in the wake of Wednesday’s deadly school shooting in Florida.
“We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families, but our thoughts and prayers are not enough,” House Minority Leader David Toscano and Del. Charniele Herring, who chairs the Virginia House Democratic Caucus, said in a joint statement.
In 2016, there were more than 1100 suicides in Virginia, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). That’s more than twice the number of homicides.
The most recent data from Virginia’s Chief Medical Examiner finds more than 50% of suicides involve a gun.
“We’re here today because thoughts and prayers are not – and have never been – enough," said Virginia Democratic Delegate Richard “Rip” Sullivan, speaking a few weeks ago about his bill designed to help get guns out of the hands of those are at risk of harming themselves, or others.