Gun Violence and Poverty in Virginia

This week, the state of Virginia repealed a law that set a handgun purchasing limit at one handgun per month. This will have disproportionately negative impacts on impoverished and marginalized communities.

In most cases gun violence is perpetrated by and impacts young men. The gun violence – particularly in communities of color – takes fathers away from families. Young men of color are too often either victims of gun violence or perpetrators. Many of these young men are robbed of their futures when gun violence leads them to end up incapacitated, incarcerated or dead. All of this compromises the strength of the family and community and contributes to the cycle of poverty.

Click here to read an excellent op ed by the General Secretary of the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Church and Society about why the repeal of this legislation is immoral.


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