Roanoke Valley, Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech Remembrance Day

April 9, 2008

Here’s the letter that I wrote to Peter Hamm, The Communications Director for The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence earlier today…

The article referenced below now reads differently than it did earlier today.

I just read about your protest plans for April 16th in The Roanoke Times –
http://www.roanoke.com/news/nrv/breaking/wb/157443

I think that gun control is an important issue, but also think that you are
going about this in completely the wrong way. I am a 1999 Virginia Tech
graduate and do not appreciate your cavalier attitude about the whole thing.

April 16, 2008 is about us – the students, the families, the faculty and
staff, the alumni and the whole Hokie community. This day is about
remembering those that were lost, about healing, and about nurturing those
left behind. This day is NOT about trying to buck the system, protest and
interfere with university plans. It has been made abundantly clear that the
university does not issue permits for outside groups to assemble. It is
very callous and disrespectful for you to completely disregard that.

Why do you feel that’s it is appropriate to cause controversy on a day of
remembrance?

We do need to take our sadness and anger and pour that into something
concrete to help prevent this in the future, but this day on the Drillfield
is neither the time nor the place.

THE ISSUE is not in question here, it’s the way you’re handling it.

He actually responded rather promptly and was very courteous. He told me that his organization was not actually in charge of planning the event, but rather students were and that they were working it out with the university.

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