Foundation to plant trees to memorialize Virginia Tech shooting victims

April 28, 2018

This article was originally published by Alexandria Times on April 28, 2018 The Virginia Tech Victims Family Outreach Foundation is planting the first phase of its memorial tree grove at Chinquapin Park on Sunday to commemorate victims and survivors of the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech. The shooting marked its 11-year anniversary on April 16. The shooting,…

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'Something About Parkland Has Been Different’: Survivors From 20 Years of Mass Shootings Speak

March 23, 2018

The attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last month was the latest in what seems like an inescapable pattern to proponents of gun safety: gunfire, thoughts and prayers, funerals and public mourning, until the next time. But the survivors of past shootings say that the students in Parkland have given them hope. Many…

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Town Hall Reflects on Gun Violence at Schools & Prospective Solutions

March 19, 2018

This article was originally published on Falls Church News Press A crowd of 1300 attended a town hall meeting with U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) in addition to featured speaker Fred Guttenberg at T.C. Williams High School on March 7. Guttenberg lost his daughter Jaime in the mass shooting at Marjory…

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Parents of Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech shooting victims to Parkland: 'Be there for each other'

February 16, 2018

This article was origionally published on Sun Sentinel he questions are endless, and relentless. How am I going to survive this? Will my family, my husband, my wife, my mother, my father, my sister, my brother ever be OK again? Should I get out of bed? Should we sell the house and move? What will…

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Families of Virginia Tech shooting share sympathy with Las Vegas

October 3, 2017

This article was origionally published on WASHINGTON — As the nation grapples with the shock and anguish caused by the Las Vegas shootings, family members from the Virginia Tech shootings have particular compassion for the lives lost, the survivors and their families. “Our families understand how horrible such a thing can be and they’re…

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A Virginia Tech Shooting Survivor Remembers the College Massacre 10 Years Later

July 12, 2017

  For Virginia Tech student Colin Goddard, April 16, 2007, started out like any other Monday, with no sign that it was “going to be the craziest experience” of his life. That changed with the sound of gunfire early that spring morning on the campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. The bullets signaled the spread of a shooting rampage…

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Ten Years Later, Every State Must Fully Participate

July 10, 2017

    by Progressive Voice  April 13, 2017 at 12:15 pm Progressive Voice is a weekly opinion column. The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of their organizations or By Paul Friedman Although it is a tragedy that remains fresh in…

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Preventing Another Virginia Tech

April 18, 2017

This article was origionally published on Ten years ago, on April 16, 2007, a college student — who had been adjudicated a danger to himself in a court of law — bought two guns, went to his campus and committed two rounds of shootings in one morning. The Virginia Tech shootings cost the lives of 32…

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Survivors, victims’ families fight to prevent another VT attack

April 16, 2017

This article was originally published on WASHINGTON — Sunday is not only Easter, but also the 10th anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings. For the past 10 years, even while dealing with their own pain and loss, the families of the victims and survivors of the shootings have been fighting to save the lives…

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Lack of data makes it hard for background checks system to work properly

August 28, 2014

This art While the National Instant Criminal Background Check System remains the only square inch of compromise between the nation’s divided gun camps, the costly federal program is failing to keep guns away from the dangerously mentally ill. The White House describes the background check system, known as NICS, as its “most important tool” to…

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