Measures to help end gun violence have been one of the biggest topics of discussion during this year’s session for Virginia’s General Assembly, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that it came up during a town hall forum that Del. Karrie Delaney and Sen. Dave Marsden held at Cub Run Elementary School in Centreville this afternoon.
In a crowd of 20 people or so, about a dozen people showed up wearing “guns save lives” stickers that the Virginia Citizens Defense League have been handing out and made it clear this was essentially the only issue that even remotely cared about. Sen. Marsden therefore took time to address the issue during his opening remarks and that portion of the statement can be seen in the following video.
It should be noted that while this group was largely civil during the debate, that has been far from the case at many community forums. Not only have anti-gun violence prevention people showed up wearing military tactical gear and weapons of war to community events in order to intimidate people, but they have constantly been demeaning others and have made deaths threats to politicians and activists alike. Sen. Marsden, for example, told the audience he’s received threats and I personally have as well.
It’s with that in mind that I was pleased to see Sen. Marsden end the forum by addressing the divisiveness that’s been happening and calling for a more civil discussion. The following is video of those remarks.