Adams: "1,400 MS-13 members in Northern Virginia is unacceptable."

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Republican attorney general nominee John Adams joined gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie and legislative leaders to discuss the prevalence of MS-13 in northern Virginia. With Election Day nearing, the choice could not be clearer for voters in Virginia.

The Republican ticket is offering real solutions to combat gang violence in Virginia. On Thursday, Ed Gillespie pledged $1.5 million in funding for the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force. 

Republican nominee for attorney general, John Adams, offered the following remarks at the press conference:

We have a serious problem in Virginia, and in particular in Northern Virginia. 1,400 MS-13 members in Northern Virginia is unacceptable. Like Ed, I have been out with the Northern Virginia gang taskforce and I will tell you, it's a meaningful experience to go out and go through these neighborhoods and see how pervasive this problem is.

It is also a reminder that it is some of the most vulnerable among us that this gang terrorize it. They terrorize folks in these immigrant communities and they terrorize our youth.


As a federal prosecutor down in the Richmond area, I worked really hard with state and local law enforcement officers to get rid of violence in the city of Richmond. We were able to bring violent crimes in the city down over a period of years to historic lows. That's the kind of leadership we are going to need to get ahead of this gang problem.

We are going to need leadership from the Virginia Attorney General, effective coordination with federal, state, and local officials, and coordination with local community groups. Because this is going to be an all hands on deck sort of challenge. It requires innovative solutions and everyone working together. 


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