Norfolk's Gun Violence Epidemic

We are all tired of COVID and the ramifications of this pandemic, but Norfolk has been in the midst of its own epidemic for much longer: gun violence. 

Hannah has experienced this problem first-hand, but is all-too-aware that this problem plagues community members daily. Despite nearly daily school and public shootings, statewide legislators are still writing bills to loosen the already lenient gun laws in Virginia. Unfortunately, while adults work to keep their arsenal of firearms, they are ignoring the true victims–our children. 72% of gun-related unintentional injuries and 79% of gun-related assault injuries in Virginia are among people ages 15-34. With over 72% homicides involving guns in our state, it is clearly an issue that needs to be appropriately and aggressively addressed. In 2020 alone, we have experienced 12 gun-related deaths or injuries of teens in Norfolk, these numbers rising to 36 for Hampton Roads and 84 for the state. A child’s life should not be ended, either through death or early entry into the prison pipeline, because of a gun they never should have had access to.

Vision

  • Increase state funding and grants allocated to community groups working to engage youth & tackle gun violence locally
  • Stricter gun regulations
  • State-wide gun inventory project

Current Legislative Stances

  • Oppose¬†HB 5024: Eliminates the Class 1 misdemeanor penalty for a person who purchases a firearm from another person without obtaining the required criminal history record information check & eliminates the question on the form provided to a firearm dealer by the Department of State Police asking whether a prospective purchaser of a firearm has ever been the subject of a mental health temporary detention order and subsequently agreed to a voluntary admission