Opinion: Letter to the Editor: A Time for a Good Gun Safety Law

Back on Sept. 13, 2019, state Senator Scott Surovell, wrote an opinion article in the Connection newspapers about his father and son feeling scared and intimidated by four armed men walking through a farmer’s market carrying AR-15s. Then came the November election and Virginians purposefully and decisively flipped the state House of Delegates and State Senate to Gun Sense Majorities. Now we have many gun safety laws on the books and one in particular that Senator Surovell spoke of in the article – the right for localities to ban firearms on municipal owned properties and at permitted events. This is a good gun safety law and I urge the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to pass this ordinance, just like Alexandria and other localities have done. The Board is having hearings on the issue on Sept. 15, with a vote after that. And now, we see the carnage this weapon of war is wielding by Americans on Americans. We can and we must begin to scale back the proliferation of these assault weapons and this law is a good beginning.

Peggy Pridemore

Volunteer Member

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America