LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Brenda Moss says she is fighting to stop gun violence and prevent others from going through what she has endured.
“Gun control is not what we want,” said Moss. “We want gun safety.”
Her son Shawn was shot 17 times and killed in Lynchburg in 2014. He was 34 years old, the same number as his basketball jersey.
Moss is now a gun safety advocate and supports a number of gun control bills making their way through the General Assembly.
Senator Mark Peake voted against the bills in the Senate, citing the Second Amendment, but he said the government can protect the public by recognizing patterns among mass shooters.
“They all had very similar traits as far as being loners, withdrawn, had expressed homicidal type thoughts on social media or to others, and I think we need to keep a better lookout,” said Peake, “and steer those folks into the right type of mental health treatment to avoid these problems.”
Colin Goddard was shot four times in the Virginia Tech massacre and survived.
He’s now a gun safety advocate who also supports the bills.
“We have so many problems with this issue that need to be tackled in a variety of angles,” he said, “and that’s why it’s great to see the governor and the legislature put together a whole package of bills to really come at this problem from different angles, from background checks to red flag laws to issues around domestic violence.”
Moss says the bills being discussed would have saved her son.
“I can’t go back and fix what happened to Shawn, but I can move forward so that it doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
Both Moss and Goddard are featured in new digital ads as part of former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign.
They both say they’re endorsing Bloomberg, because they believe he’s the best candidate to address gun violence.