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Moran to Host Community Forum on Gun Violence

Event is at 7 p.m. Monday, March 11, in Arlington.

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., is hosting a community forum called "Preventing Another Newtown: A Conversation on Gun Violence in America."

The two-hour event starts at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 11, in the Washington-Lee High School auditorium.

Omar Samaha, an advocate with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence whose sister was killed in the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech, is among the panelists. Samaha attended this year's State of the Union address as Moran's guest.

Other panelists include:

  • David Chipman — retired ATF special agent and advisor to Mayors Against Illegal Guns
  • Josh Horwitz — executive director, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
  • Earl Cook — city of Alexandria chief of police
  • Jonathan Lowy — director of the Legal Action Project, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
  • Karen Marangi — former counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee; principal and attorney at the Raben Group
bt March 04, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Pretty one-sided "conversation" there. Sure it's not a rant? I don't see anyone on the individual rights or Constitution side...just Nanny Staters demanding more control over people.
Frank Graham March 10, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Connecticut has had an assault weapons ban since 1993. And the person who purchased the guns used in the shooting passed a background check to buy those guns. So, background checks and an assault weapons ban failed to prevent the Sandy Hook shooting. Clearly a different kind of solution is needed, instead of more of the same failures. How about putting a cop in the school? That will solve a lot of other problems, besides making badguys afraid to attack a school. I will volunteer to pay a little more in taxes in order to prevent more school shootings.It's a solution that would actually make children in schools safer. It would save lives where other "solutions" fail.

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