Gun vigil set for Saturday

FRONT ROYAL – A group of concerned citizens is preparing to join the gun debate that has roiled the nation since the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the gazebo.

In addition to honoring gun violence victims, a news release states “this peaceful gathering will also bring attention to the failures of state and federal representatives to vote for measures that would help protect students and others from gun violence.”

Hosting the event is Warren County Indivisible, a group that formed about a year ago as a way to voice displeasure with the political landscape.

The release states that Warren County Indivisible “is a non-partisan group of concerned citizens who put country before party, and stand against any erosion of our historic democratic principles of liberty, justice, and equality.” Its goal is ensuring that elected officials at all levels support those principles while putting citizens’ interests first.

Heather Davis, a vigil planner, said the group mainly converses on Facebook, and has about 100 members. An effort to hold an event addressing gun control was in the works for a while, and she said the Parkland shooting “galvanized” the effort.

Staff members of House of Delegates representatives Chris Collins, R-Winchester,  Michael Webert, R-Marshall, and Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, were invited, but Davis said they have not committed to attending.

If Webert attends, Davis said he will be presented with 500 “moral compasses” representing the 500 people killed or injured in the Las Vegas shooting. She said this would be a way for the group to express its negative views of Webert’s vote to kill a bill that would have banned bump stocks.

Peter Volosin and Jennifer Lewis, both Democrats, running for the soon-to-be-vacated seat of U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte,  R-Roanoke, may attend.

Events planned for the vigil include recital of the vicitims’ names in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Parkland, a performance by the Selah Theater Project, and messages from the survivors of the Parkland shooting.

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To learn more about Indivisible of Warren County, visit www.facebook.com/Indivisiblewarrencountyva.