MANASSAS PARK- Earlier today, InsideNova.com reported that two people were taken into custody after they were reported to be wielding a rifle in the vicinity of Cougar and Manassas Park elementary schools. The schools were immediately placed on lockdown, and buses departed the schools with police escorts. There were no injuries reported.
Don Shaw, the Democratic candidate for Delegate in Virginia’s 13th House District, released the following statement:
“As parents, when we drop our children off at school, the last thing we want to worry about is their safety. From Sandy Hook to Virginia Tech, we know that guns and schools should not mix. Only law enforcement officials should be able to carry firearms on school grounds.
However, Bob Marshall continues to introduce radical bills in the General Assembly that would expand the presence of guns on campuses, and would allow regular citizens to carry guns on school grounds. Bob Marshall’s policies are reckless and dangerous for Virginia’s children, which is why I am running for Delegate.”
Shaw also launched a petition urging supporters to tell Bob Marshall that guns do not belong in elementary schools. The petition can be found here: http://donshaw.ngpvanhost.com/…
Bob Marshall answers that he would vote to allow concealed carry holders to have a gun on their person while on school grounds. (VCDL survey 2011)
Bob Marshall introduced HB91 in 2012, which would allow faculty members at state colleges and universities to carry concealed handguns.
Don Shaw is a 20-year veteran of the Army and Air Force, a former Department of Defense employee, and now works for a veteran-owned small business. Don first moved to Prince William in 1997. Don and his wife, Joyce, live in Gainesville with their three children, all of whom have either graduated from or attend Prince William County Public Schools.