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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Remember victims of gun violence
In honor of victims of gun violence in Virginia, there is a field of 1,405 flags at 3108 Hershberger Road, across from Home Depot.
According to the Virginia Department of Health, about 800 Virginians died from firearm wounds and more than 600 were hospitalized in 2011, the latest figures published. Between the years of 2000 to 2011, that annual total has changed.
To understand the impact of gun violence in our state, go visit the field. Then, call your congressman and insist on his support for reasonable gun safety legislation. That legislation includes 100 percent background checks, anti-gun trafficking provisions, and gun-owner safety responsibility measures.
This is our country, this is our challenge, and this is our moment.
MARTIN D. JEFFREY
Organizing for Action, Roanoke Chapter
Quit giving killers the notoriety they seek
Re: “Chief: Killings were premeditated,” June 9 Associated Press news story:
I was excited reading the first few paragraphs about the latest person to try to make a name for himself by killing family members, then mowing down strangers unlucky enough to be in his path.
I thought our news media had finally figured out that if you take away the name, you take away the glory.
For almost four paragraphs, the killer was identified only as “the killer” — no name, picture or history, no neighbors saying he always seemed like a nice guy, or that they were not surprised; they always did think he was creepy. Just “the killer.”
Then we learned police were not releasing his name because a family member was out of the country and couldn’t be immediately notified. But our need to know prevailed over the tight-lipped police, and the article gave the name of his father and mother; the latter was out of the country.
I wonder who found her first, law enforcement or the media, asking those important questions like, “How do you feel now that both your sons are dead?”
Ah, well. The illusion was nice while it lasted.
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