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Community Committees Against Gun Violence Gains Momentum

The group will meet from 9-11 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax.

Nearly two months after the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., a local committee against gun violence has gained resident support across Oakton, Vienna, Reston and Herndon, gaining momentum for a "Week of Action" later this month.

Saturday morning is the second meeting of the Community Committees Against Gun Violence (CCAGV), a group that formed in January as a result of the shootings.

The meeting will be held from 9-11 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, on Hunter Mill Road in Oakton.

The group held its first meeting Jan. 17 in Oakton, as well as an additional meeting in Reston. More than 80 local residents attended the January meetings to discuss what action can be taken locally to reduce gun violence.

The local groups began organizing the meetings after MoveOn.org put out a call-to-action. Bob Hatfield, one of the CCAGV's organizers in charge of community action, said he and other members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax wanted to take part and host a local meeting.

Since then, the group has engaged in a number of advocacy activities, including the March to End Gun Violence in Washington, DC last month, as well as a march and vigil at the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, said Hatfield.

Saturday’s meeting will be to plan and coordinate future advocacy events, including petitions, legislative office visits and communication during the Week of Action from February 18-23.

The National Week of Action, organized by MoveOn.org, will have a focus on communicating with and visiting with area senators, delegates and other legislators. 

Hatfield said attendees from the initial group meetings held in Oakton/Fairfax and Herndon/Reston as well as the Virginia Million Moms Chapter and the Project to End Gun Violence in DC, have been invited to Saturday’s gathering.

Those interested in attending can click here to register.

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John February 09, 2013 at 07:37 PM
The problem is not guns, it is people. How about "end violence" - period! MoveOn.org does not represent the interest of most people. They are a far left organization that has been funded by big unions. They do not represent freedom.
Rebecca February 09, 2013 at 11:09 PM
I agree with John. I guess if we outlaw guns, then we should outlaw matches, as they start fires; also, hatchets as they can be used by crazies to kill people. It isn't the gun, it is the people. Knives will have to be outlawed as well as these can be used to kill people.

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