Breeze TV investigates gun control in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Atlanta, Boulder, Indianapolis; these American cities may not have a lot in common at first glance, but they’ve been tragically connected this past month through the acts of gun violence brought upon their citizens. This recent onslaught of mass shootings has compelled individuals across the nation to take action.

In the wake of these nationwide tragedies, President Biden issued several executive actions in an attempt to curb the epidemic of gun violence, including the banning of homemade guns that can’t be traced and requiring the Justice Department to issue an annual report on firearms trafficking. And it seems the president’s efforts have spread to more local communities, as Virginia’s attorney general, Mark Herring, recently teamed up with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence in holding a virtual roundtable last Monday discussing gun violence prevention in Virginia. They specifically discussed recent advances in Virginia that will reduce gun violence, and what other measures are needed at the state and federal level to prevent further bloodshed.

The hour-long conversation included several law enforcement professionals, advocates and family members impacted by gun violence, one of whom was Andy Parker, father to JMU alum Alison Parker, whose life was tragically cut short in a shooting six years back. Breeze TV sat down for an interview with Allison's father in hopes of garnering the perspective of someone personally impacted by gun violence.

After hearing of this virtual conference, some of Harrisonburg’s gun owners were predictably unhappy. Back in 2020, it was pushed for Harrisonburg to become a second amendment sanctuary city, demonstrating how widespread the town’s gun community is. Reporter Ian Welfley also traveled to the Liberty Arms Gun Shop in Harrisonburg to have a conversation with store owner Matt Hill to get a different perspective on the gun control debate.