Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-12-06
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Shooting at Congressional baseball practice in Virginia, groups respond
From press releasees
2017-06-14

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


From the Pride Fund:

WASHINGTON, DC, JUNE 14, 2017 — Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC — America's only national LGBTQ political organization solely focused on gun violence prevention, released the following statement on the shooting in Alexandria, VA this morning that injured several people, including a US Congressman, a congressional aide and a police officer.

STATEMENT FROM JASON LINDSAY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PRIDE FUND TO END GUN VIOLENCE:

Today's shooting involving Members of Congress is another reminder that no one is safe when access to guns is so easy. We're heartbroken and horrified for those involved as well as the community as a whole. And while details are still coming together and the motive of the shooter is unclear, this incident is yet another illustration of the need for common sense gun reforms. This shooting comes just two days after our nation reflected on the one year mark of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people, injured 53, and emotionally scarred countless others.

The Pride Fund to End Gun Violence supports requiring background checks for all gun sales, prohibiting suspected terrorists from purchasing guns, restricting access to assault weapons and high capacity magazines, preventing those convicted of hate crimes from purchasing guns, and undertaking federally funded research on gun violence. No other country faces the daily onslaught of shootings and murders that the United States does, where 93 people are killed every day by gun violence. For too long, lawmakers have failed in their responsibility to ensure the public safety by not taking action.

Republican leaders in the House had been scheduled to hold a congressional hearing this morning to discuss legislation that would increase risks to public safety by deregulating 80-year old law that oversees the sale of silencers. The SHARE Act (Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement) would have a disastrous impact on public safety and law enforcement by deregulating silencers, and weakening the regulation of interstate firearm transport and the regulation of armor-piercing ammunition. This bill undermines law enforcement officers, threatening their safety and making it more difficult for them to do their jobs. Today's shooting, during National Gun Violence Awareness Month, should give them pause.

Republicans in Congress can't merely offer thoughts and prayers every time there is a high profile shooting while simultaneously working with the gun lobby to eliminate gun safety laws and put the public at further risk. It is time for action on common sense gun reform.

About the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence:

Pride Fund to End Gun Violence is a Political Action Committee (PAC), organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect pro-LGBTQ candidates at the federal and local level who support sensible gun reforms.

To learn more, visit www.pridefund.org . Like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter @Pride_Fund

From the Human Rights Campaign:

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign released the following statement following a shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, that has reportedly injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, two Capitol Police officers, and several staffers who had gathered at a congressional baseball practice.

"We stand in solidarity and unity with those injured in this horrific attack and hope for their speedy recovery," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "We condemn all forms of violence, and moments like these remind us of the need to work together in finding commonsense solutions to gun violence, hate-motivated violence, and terrorism. The swift response of the U.S. Capitol Police and first responders is testament to their selfless service to our nation."

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Color of Change's Rashad Robinson on the work ahead 2017-12-11 - Color of Change, which James Rucker and Van Jones founded in 2005, is a Black-led online racial justice organization with more than 1 ...


Gay News

Fed. Judge rejects requested delay on trans military enlistment 2017-12-11 - Palm Center Statement on Court Ruling Denying Trump Administration's Request to Delay Transgender Enlistment: SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Aaron Belkin, director of the ...


Gay News

Out for America Report, map shows LGBTQ elected officials in U.S. 2017-12-11 - Washington, DC — Today Victory Institute released its Out for America report and interactive Out for America map to provide the most comprehensive ...


Gay News

US Supreme Court Denies Lambda Legal Appeal of LGBT Employment Discrimination Case 2017-12-11 - WASHINGTON ( December 11, 2017 ) — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will not review the Lambda Legal case on behalf ...


Gay News

Gay Liberation Network hosts Palestinian-focused forum 2017-12-10 - Gay Liberation Network ( GLN ) hosted a "No LGBTQ Cover for Israeli Repression of Palestinians" forum Dec. 9 at Chicago Public Library's ...


Gay News

Democratic gubernatorial candidates debate LGBT issues 2017-12-10 - Democratic candidates vying in the March 2018 primary for their party's nomination for governor of Illinois gathered Dec. 6 for a debate focused ...


Gay News

Court Filing: Trump administration distorting evidence to prevent trans enlistment 2017-12-08 - ( WASHINGTON, D.C., December 8, 2017 )—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( ...


Gay News

Net Neutrality is worth fighting for now 2017-12-08 - Net Neutrality is the principle, and current FCC regulations, that let you a ) get access to The Windy City Times, Advocate.com, Grindr ...


Gay News

People protest Trump's Jerusalem declaration 2017-12-08 - Speaking out against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel, approximately 200 people rallied in Daley Plaza ...


Gay News

Moodie-Mills to leave Victory Fund, former Houston Parker named 2017-12-08 - Victory Fund and Victory Institute announced the resignation of President/CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, with former Houston Mayor Annise Parker becoming the leader of ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.