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On April 16, 2007, 32 innocent students and faculty were killed by one shooter at Virginia Tech.  We continue to remember and honor the lives that were lost.  Please join our cause and donate $32 or more to Campaign 32 to prevent more such tragedies.
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Campaign 32

VTV is working to prevent people who are a danger to themselves or others and were committed for treatment from buying a gun legally.
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Our Mission

Through research, education, and advocacy, we’re working to make our nation safer.
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Our Story

After the April 16th tragedy, many of the families gathered together to help prevent future tragedies and create a living legacy for the 32 lives that were lost.
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Campaigning for 32

On Monday morning, April 16, 2007, the Virginia Tech shooter took the lives of 32 students and faculty.  They were beautiful people who were contributing to make our world a better place.

Mass shootings in America have become far too common.  VTV (The Virginia Tech Victims Family Outreach Foundation) is determined to bring people together and find common ground to forge a safer future.

On Sunday, April 16, 2017, VTV launched Campaign 32, in order to strengthen our national background check system.

We are working to get every state to submit every name of everyone who has been found to be a danger to themselves or others, and has been committed or required to seek treatment, to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  We also seek the passage of universal background check legislation.

In addition, we are committed to enhancing safety and well-being on college campuses, providing compassionate, skill-based support in the aftermath of mass shootings and assisting survivors who need long-term trauma care.


Momentum is building for change.  Please donate to our cause.  

All our lives are at risk.  Now is the time to act!

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“VTV’s founders, as victims and survivors, have joined with a wide range of experts – including from campus public safety, emergency management, threat assessment and mental health, as well as key advocacy and higher education associations to bring truly diverse expertise and resources to bear on the challenges faced by higher education.”

US Congressman Frank Wolf
US Congressman Bobby Scott
US Senator Mark Warner
US Senator Tim Kaine

VTV is experienced in the campus safety landscape… VTV is also versed in interacting with federal agencies…

US Senator Mark Warner
US Senator Tim Kaine
US Congressman Bobby Scott
US Congressman Gerry Connolly
US Congressman Scott Rigell
US Congressman Donald Beyer Jr.

“The VTV focus on issues of mental health, bullying, privacy laws and information sharing, and supporting programs to create positive change in behavior combined with VTV’s uniquely unshakable dedication to effective solutions is ideal for this project.”

James M. Canady
Executive Director
National Association of School Resource Officers

“I strongly believe the program developed by the VTVFOF to better train school administrators, teachers, students, counselors, school resource officers, and other members of our school environments in how to prevent threats and provide an overall higher level of school safety will greatly benefit the community as a whole. It is a program that can be easily adopted by school districts across the country, providing a safer school environment for as many children as possible.”

Timothy J. Heaphy
United States Attorney
U. S. Department of Justice

“VTV’s goal is to enhance public safety through a comprehensive approach… VTV’s approach is a multidisciplinary one, by ensuring that different fields and areas of expertise are included.”

US Congressman Frank Wolf
US Congressman Bobby Scott
US Senator Mark Warner
US Senator Tim Kaine

The determination of the VTV Family Outreach Foundation to prevent another tragedy of the magnitude of the one that took place in April 2007 is a testament to the human spirit and the determination of good women and men to selflessly help students and their parents feel a greater sense of security.”

Larry Roberts
Private Attorney
Contributor at ARLnow

“VTV is an essential collaborative partner in the community working to end school violence and promote safe and healthy campus environments.”

Karma Cottman
Executive Director
DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, who was Virginia’s Governor at the time of the Virginia Tech tragedy, has repeatedly said that “April 16, 2007 was the worst day of my life”.

Last year, in connection with the 10th commemoration of the tragedy, Sen. Kaine wrote, “The time (I spent working with them] created a bond with so many of the Virginia Tech families. I continue to be in awe of their strength and resilience, and I cherish their friendship all these years later”.

Inside Room 211: The Massacre at Virginia Tech Remembered 10 Years Later

Two people who survived the assault in Norris Hall classroom 211 recounted that day to ABC News, while two families of victims who died shared how they’re remembering their loved ones.

Virginia Tech Families Mark 10 Years Since the Massacre that Left 32 Dead

Reema Samaha was killed 10 years ago Sunday in the Virginia Tech massacre. Her parents, Joe and Mona Samaha, told News4 how they honor her memory.

A Virginia Tech Shooting Survivor Remembers the Massacre 10 Years Later

Virginia Tech shooting survivor Colin Goddard recounts his experience on April 16, 2007.

Virginia Tech's Grief, Set in Stone

Ten years ago, after a gunman left 32 dead at Virginia Tech, students hauled together a makeshift tribute that would inspire an enduring tribute.