Your View: We have to stop gun violence


By Gail Gordon Donegan, Alexandria

To the editor:
Virginia is now known as the state where murder is broadcast on live TV.

A disgruntled former station employee shot and killed reporter Alison Parker, 24, and her cameraman, Adam Ward, 27, in Moneta. Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Director Vicki Gardner is recovering after being shot in the back.

We extend our sincerest sympathy to the families and friends of Ward, Parker and Gardner, but thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need to take action.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of American mothers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. We campaign for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families.

It’s not just for moms; anyone can join.

Moms Demand Action supports the Second Amendment but we believe common-sense solutions can help decrease the escalating epidemic of gun violence that kills too many of our children and loved ones every day — when they are going to the places we all frequent: church, the movies and work.

Gun violence kills 88 Americans every day including seven children. We can be better than this. For the families of Parker and Ward, for Charleston, Chattanooga and Lafayette, there
is more we can do to prevent senseless gun violence.

We are doing great work right here in Alexandria. If you are interested, you can join at or follow us on Facebook or Twitter at @MomsDemand.