People use guns but, in a sense, guns use people too. When we have the technology for violence easily to hand, our choices are skewed and we are more vulnerable to being manipulated into violent action.
Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury


march for our livesOn March 24, in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students around the country are planning to demonstrate against gun violence - an effort that has gone global in its reach.

The Virginia Center for Public Safety is proud to support the organizers of and participants in March For Our Lives.

For those unable to attend the main march in Washington, DC, young people in hundreds of locations have planned simultaneous companion events.

In Virginia, there are currently eight such events planned. You can click on the name of one of the locations where these are taking place to learn more.




You can learn more on the organization's website HERE:


You can read the efforts mission statement HERE:

Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington, DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard.

School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing. The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country.

Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Change is coming. And it starts now, inspired by and led by the kids who are our hope for the future. Their young voices will be heard.

Stand with us on March 24. Refuse to allow one more needless death.


VACPS participated in the Concert Across America on September 25, 2016. 
Many thanks to Marcus "Skat" Williamson, who shot and edited the video of the event.

1. Keep guns from ineligible buyers:
Current Virginia law requires Federally Licensed Firearm dealers (FFLs) to complete background checks on prospective gun buyers; however, unlicensed sellers may sell any number and type of guns, yet are not required to perform a background check on the buyers of their guns.  Background checks on buyers should be required for all commercial gun sales and permanent transfers of ownership outside the immediate family of the seller, including:  sales at gun shows, pawn shops and sales through newspapers or online ads.

To the editor:

The recent article by Mark Bowes, entitled “VA  gun sales surge” did a very good job of analyzing the recent increase in Virginia background checks and showed that this trend is not a reliable indicator of a similar increase in the number of gun owners. However, what I think was missing from the piece was any comparison between the “beliefs” that were said to be associated with this apparent trend and actual reality.  Many people may indeed believe that violent crime would increase with a downturn in the economy, but the hard facts point to a continued decline in violent crime, both in VA and across the country.  It is also possible that many people believe that owning a gun would increase their personal security, yet the facts show that gun owners continue to die from gunshot injuries at rates much higher than non owners.