Virginia Lt. Gov. Defends Lawful Gun Owners After High School Graduation Shooting

  • Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears spoke out Tuesday after a high school graduation ceremony in Richmond ended in a shooting that killed two people, injured others, and left one suspect facing murder charges, remarking, “This is not about law-abiding gun owners, this is about gangs.”
  • “The people that I represent are not safe. They’re not safe in this city, and we have to figure out why that is,” the Republican said. “This is not about law-abiding gun owners. This is about gangs. This is about, even if you took all the guns off the street from the law-abiding citizens, the others who mean harm, who mean to kill and mayhem, they’re going to have the guns,” Winsome-Sears told reporters from a street corner outside the state capital’s city-owned Altria Theater, across the street from a large park and in the middle of the Virginia Commonwealth University campus.
  • That’s where an 18-year-old high school student and a 36-year-old man attending the graduation had been killed, and five others suffered gunshot wounds around 5:15 p.m.
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