The VCDL has asserted that the carrying of concealed weapons in public places is a "fundamental human right." In the recent Second Amendment case of District of Columbia vs. Heller, however, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the majority opinion that, "The Court's opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms."
The Virginia Center for Public Safety (formerly known as Virginians Against Handgun Violence) is a statewide organization that was founded in 1992 after a young person was shot outside a school in Hampton Roads. The organization seeks to create a safer Virginia through education, public forums, youth outreach, and work in the public policy arena. VACPS believes that a chief cause of gun violence is the easy access that criminals and youth have to guns in the state.
As the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, working with its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, is devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.
ProtestEasyGuns.com (PEG) is a grassroots protest movement of Americans that emerged in response to the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history at
Angel Fund is the family, friends, neighbors and advocates of Reema Samaha , who was tragically killed on April 16, 2007 at
The Virginia State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) ensures the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority groups and citizens; achieves equality of rights and eliminates race prejudice among the citizens of the United States ; removes all barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic processes; seeks to enact and enforce federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights; informs the public on the adverse effects of racial discrimination and seeks its elimination; educates persons as to their constitutional rights and to take lawful action in furtherance of these principles.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Life Institute is an interfaith, non-profit, and nonpartisan national organization concerned with family and community empowerment through social, educational and cultural activities. Recognizing that the corruption of the family causes the corruption of a society, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Life Institute promotes the preservation and restoration of healthy and moral families while ensuring the protection and fullest development of our children.
Media Contacts: Lori Haas of the Virginia Center for Public Safety at (804) 399-4893 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Andy Goddard of the Richmond Million Mom March at (540) 577-4754 or email@example.com, Abby Spangler of Protest Easy Guns at (571) 970-0320 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Joe Samaha of Angel Fund at email@example.com, Dr. Rayfield Vines of the Virginia NAACP at (804) 321-5678 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and Dr. LaTonya Wyche Ricks of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Life Institute at email@example.com.