LyricalGuns (l – r) Activist Uma Loganathan, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, President of the Virginia Tech Students for Non-Violence, Harley Huffman, and 12th District Delegate Chris Hurst and, not pictured, Dr. Gene Deisinger, director of threat management at Virginia Tech. The panel and the audience of nearly 400 spoke about the many issues swirling around guns in America including mental health, background checks, and finding common ground.

Jennifer Poff Cooper
Contributing writer

With the wind whipping and temperatures dropping Wednesday, the line for the Community Conversation on Reducing Gun Violence snaked up and down the sidewalk outside The Lyric Theatre.


Once the doors opened, the over 400 seats quickly filled with community members young and old alike.

Audience member Andrew Trent said he was attending because he has two small children and wanted to know what he can do to…



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