RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Every 10 hours, someone in Virginia is shot to death. Now, a new group is trying to do something about that.

Not only has the Commonwealth witnessed acts of gun violence like the shootings at Virginia Tech and WDBJ, but the number of murders in Richmond has also spiked this year.

“Every Saturday night in Virginia we have gun violence. This is an issue that’s not just an occasional, horrific episode that we hear about, but a daily occurance unfortuantely in the lives of some communities in Virginia,” said Tim Heaphy, a former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia

Heaphy says Virginia had 885 gun deaths last year. That’s more than two per day.

On Tuesday, former congresswoman Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords and her husband, Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, were in Richmond to announce the Virginia Coalition for Common Sense.

A victim of gun violence herself, Giffords says it’s time to put political parties aside and push for change. She and her husband founded Americans for Responsible Solutions.

“Stopping gun violence takes courage. The courage to do what’s right, the courage of new ideas,” said Giffords.

The coalition is a diverse group, including former law enforcement officials, community advocates and faith leaders. Some are gun owners themselves. They are all coming together to urge “common sense” and “responsible” steps to keep guns out of dangerous hands and close the loopholes that allow it to happen.

Heaphy is part of the coalition. He says right now, someone with a felony conviction can walk into a gun show and put down cash to buy a firearm. Then, that same person can walk to the parking lot and sell it without documenting it.

“That is dangerous,” he said. “That makes it very difficult for those of us who’ve worked in law enforcement to do our jobs, to try to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals.”

But not everyone at Tuesday’s announcement thinks it’s a problem that can be fixed.

“You can’t stop criminals. We’ve made crack cocaine totally illegal in the country. You can’t have it anywhere, and yet it’s all over the place if you want it,” said Phillip Van Cleave, president of Virginia Citizens Defense League. “Guns would be even easier to put together and steal or get brought in.”

Kelly admits it’s a complicated issue but believes more can and needs to be done.

“Guns don’t kill people. People with guns kill people — and a lot of them,” he said. “That’s exactly why we need our leaders to do everything they can to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people who want to do our communities harm.”

Heaphy says it’s not about restricting rights but rather minimizing potential damage.

“Everything that we are talking about here is completely consistent with the Second Amendment. This is about common sense restrictions on the ability of dangerous people to get to get firearms. It does not in any way affect the rights of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms,” he said.

Giffords says there’s more work to be done.

“We must never stop fighting. Fight, fight, fight. Be bold, be courageous, the nation’s counting on you,” she said.