Letter to the Editor

Gun violence prevention, not ‘anti-gun’

I was both pleased and dismayed by The Post’s coverage of the school shootings report in the Feb. 17 Education Digest — pleased that it was mentioned but dismayed that it amounted to just a few lines. Surely the staggering statistic of 44 school shootings in 24 states just since the December 2012 Newtown, Conn., massacre warrants greater attention.

Equally disturbing was The Post’s reference to the groups that prepared the report as “anti-gun.” I work closely with both of these groups, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and I can assure Post editors that neither is “anti-gun.” In fact, these groups fully support responsible gun ownership. What they take issue with is the rampant gun violence plaguing our country and the lax gun laws that contribute to the problem.

Calling these groups “anti-gun” perpetrates the myth that the gun lobby would have everyone believe: that people and groups who support reasonable and sensible solutions to stemming gun violence, such as requiring background checks, are out to take all guns away. The Post should deal in fact, not fiction. Please cease using this myth to describe us and refer to us instead as what we are: gun violence prevention groups.

Martina Leinz, Burke

The writer is president of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Million Mom March.

 
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