Virginia Beach community forum seeks answers to gun violence

A city councilman, a police chief, school board members and others will lead a community discussion next week in City of Virginia Beach Official SealVirginia Beach on ways to reduce gun violence.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 in at Landstown High School and will feature the following presenters, according to an announcement from the Virginia Beach Police Department:

  • Robert Herron, a prominent gun rights lawyer
  • Andrew Goddard, legislative director for The Virginia Center for Public Safety
  • Sibel Galindez, the Hampton Roads lead for the Virginia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
  • Jeanette Richardson, the Virginia survivor lead for Everytown for Gun Safety

Those presenters will discuss proposed solutions before a panel of community leaders featuring Virginia Beach Councilman Jim Wood, Police Chief Jim Cervera, Beach Public Schools’ Safety and Loss Control Director Richard Ponti, and School Board members Beverly Anderson and Carolyn Rye. Drew Lumpkin, regional director for U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, will also be there.

Lynnhaven Middle School students will also present ideas “based upon their research of countries with significantly lower gun violence rates, specifically, Japan, Norway, and the United Kingdom,” the police department’s description of the event said.

The event will culminate in a town hall meeting in which the public can ask questions of the panelists and adult presenters. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

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