Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, today joined the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and 32 gun violence victims to mark the 5th anniversary of the massacre at Virginia Tech and call on Congress to improve gun laws.
Following the press conference, Rep. Moran signed the Brady Campaign's Statement of Principle Against Arming Dangerous People and urged his colleagues to join his pledge.
"When there are nearly enough guns in the U.S. for every man, woman and child, firearms will find their way into the wrong hands," said Rep. Moran. "Criminals, terrorists and the dangerously mentally ill have no business owning deadly weapons. As we pay tribute to those we lost five years ago, I am proud to stand with the Brady Campaign to strengthen commonsense gun safety laws and prevent another tragedy."
The April 16, 2007 shooting on the campus of Virginia Tech is the worst mass shooting in American history. The group of 32 gun violence victims at today's press conference represents the 32 students and teacher who lost their lives in 2007. The victims included Tom Mauser, whose son, Daniel, was killed at Columbine High School in 1999; Lori Haas whose daughter, Emily, survived being shot at Virginia Tech; and Mindy Finklestein who survived being shot in 1999 at the North Granada Hills Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles by a felon who illegally purchased the weapon at a gun show.
Rep. Moran continued: "Following the tragedy at Virginia Tech, improvements to our background check system were enacted. But despite public support for sensible gun laws, the NRA and other groups are loosening already porous gun laws that put our communities and our children at risk."
More than 30,000 Americans die each year in gun-related incidents, including 12,000 who are murdered.
"It is a somber day because today, 32 more will be murdered in our nation with guns. Another Virginia Tech will happen today, like it happens every day. That's why we are here to say "Enough is enough,'" said Brady Campaign President Dan Gross.