Del. Price & Sen. McClellan Issue Joint Statement on Gun Violence Prevention
For Immediate Release: April 20, 2022
Offices of Senator Jennifer McClellan and Delegate Marcia Price
Del. Marcia "Cia" Price and Sen. Jennifer McClellan Release Joint Statement on the need to Fund Gun Violence Prevention
Richmond- Today, Del. Marcia "Cia" Price and Sen. Jennifer McClellan released the following joint statement, urging the General Assembly to fully fund the Firearm Violence Prevention Center in the 2022 budget:
"Too many families across Virginia know the very real toll that gun violence can have on the social, psychological, cultural, and economic health of a community."
This epidemic impacts how students learn, how residents live, how businesses invest, and how communities view themselves.
And we owe it to these communities, who are disproportionately impacted by gun violence, to hear their voices and take action.
That's why, during the regular session earlier this year, we introduced legislation aimed at addressing gun violence by establishing Virginia's first Firearm Violence Prevention Center (SB 487/HB 825).
The Senate Budget includes $27M to establish the center and to invest in the important work of community-based organizations doing essential and effective gun violence prevention work. With a comprehensive approach, we can empower communities to address systemic issues by implementing evidence-based solutions. The Center would establish and disseminate best practices, research and study demographics and trends, award grants to localities and community organizations, offer training, and more.
By funding the Center and engaging communities in its important work, we can provide meaningful resources while continuing to conduct high-quality research. We can have a real impact on the lives of individuals while remaining committed to learning more and educating others.
It has been proven that we cannot and should not try to arrest our way out of this crisis, nor can we repeat the same mistakes of the past and expect different results.
There are no easy answers and there are no quick-fixes, but the steps we take today can mean safer communities around the Commonwealth. Taking the bold action to establish and fund the Firearm Violence Prevention Center in the budget would represent a targeted, tremendous investment in building a safer Commonwealth on behalf of Virginia's families.