Freedom States Alliance

April 18, 2007 14:51 ET

Freedom States Alliance Calls for Nationwide Moment of Silence for Victims of the Virginia Tech Massacre on Friday, April 20th at 12:00 p.m. EST

CHICAGO--(Collegiate Presswire - April 18, 2007) - Freedom States Alliance Executive Director, Sally Slovenski released the following statement today in response to the shooting massacre at Virginia Tech that killed 33 people, including the shooter, and wounded dozens more.

"Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and everyone at Virginia Tech. We are distressed and deeply saddened by this senseless tragedy. As a result of this most deadly shooting in US history, our commitment to prevent tragedies such as this and our commitment to change the way Americans think about guns and America's out-of-control gun culture has been strengthened. With nearly 200 million firearms in private hands in the United States and over 12,000 homicides with guns each year, we believe that more can and must be done to stem the tide of gun violence in America.

"We ask Americans to join with us to observe a moment of silence on Friday, April 20th at noon EST for the victims and families of the Virginia Tech community and for all victims of gun violence."

Supporters can commit to observing the moment of silence and pledge to do more to end gun violence in America by clicking this link and signing up here:

The moment of silence for the Virginia Tech victims will take place on the same day as the 8th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting that killed 12 students and a teacher, as well as the two shooters.

"Right now, as the pain and horror of this tragedy are still fresh, we hope all Americans find time to reflect on our shared purpose and our shared responsibility to each other, to find compassion for those who are suffering, and to commit ourselves to ending injustice and all forms of violence."

NOTE: Spokespersons from the Freedom States Alliance are available for interview by contacting Scott Vogel at (312) 474-1740.

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