The Solution Is Us Core Principles

The Organizers (from left to right): James Warren, Patricia Edinboro, Cheri Wolff, Andy Sitison, Sue Kindred, Eric Fox, and Amy Corning (not pictured)

The Organizers (from left to right): James Warren, Patricia Edinboro, Cheri Wolff, Andy Sitison, Sue Kindred, Eric Fox, and Amy Corning (not pictured)

We are The Solution Is Us: a group of informed and passionate citizens living in central Virginia with a desire to bring together both sides of a divisive debate: gun freedoms and regulation. Motivated to respond to the Parkland shooting on February 14, 2018, we came together to start a dialogue and begin looking for solutions to gun violence in our communities.

Our vision is to be an empathetic, engaged community that owns the gun violence issue and chooses its outcomes. That looks like: ♦ less gun violence in our communities; ♦ mindful parents with healthy kids; and ♦ known, available and equitable resources for kids’ mental, behavioral and social health.

Our mission is to facilitate a community-wide dialogue that empowers solutions to keep our kids from being shot to death.

We hold the following core beliefs:

  • Children being shot is bad

  • Nothing short of a paradigm shift will change this problem

  • The system (broadly defined) is broken

  • It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults

  • The community should allocate support towards creating a safe and healthy environment

  • Moving towards a more integrated, conscious way of solving community problems is important

  • Language (definitions) matters and clarity is important