September 1, 2016


1. Events
2. Upcoming Meetings
3. Important Information
4. Action Steps
5. GAGV Polo Shirts for Sale
1. Events
Attend the League of Women's Voters September 17 meeting!
Topic: Second Amendment
Where: Community Christian Church-4601 Main
Time: 10:00-11:30 AM, Refreshments at 9:30

Upcoming League of Women Voters meeting features Professor Allen Rostron, who will be speaking at our Oct 10 Community Forum on the 2nd amendment. Dr. Rostronis  a constitutional law professor at UMKC.  Previously he was an attorney at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington, D.C. While he was there he was involved in litigation against gun manufacturers. At the League meeting he will be discussing the US Supreme Court especially in the context of the upcoming general election, including its composition and decisions.  

 September 25: Concert Across America 

  • Artists/activists will band together for the #ConcertAcrossAmerica to #EndGunViolence with a series of live concerts
  • The purpose is to use music to honor and remember the victims of gun violence.
  • There are two participants in the Kansas City Area:
    • Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village – The choral music in the 8 am, 9 am, 11 am and 5 pm services will be peace themed.
    • American Jazz Museum,18th and Vine, 1-3 pm –Entertainment to be announced. GAGV to participate.

GAGV is the Missouri Chapter of States United Against Gun Violence, one of the sponsors of this event..

2. Upcoming meetings
September 26 Meeting:  Back to School  Keeping Kids Safe in Class & at Home 
Dan Carney-Director of Safety & Security for the Blue Valley School District will review procedures in place to keep school buildings safe. 
Denise Dowd, M.D.-Pediatric Emergency Physician at Children’s Mercy. Dr. Dowd will discuss the ASK (Asking Saves Kids) program and its importance as kids go back to school. 

October 10 Heartland Coalition Forum 


3. Important Information and Articles

9/2 More to read from Progress Missouri

Missouri legislators are out of touch with the vast majority of voters on gun safety.“A new poll says about 86% of Missouri voters support a permit requirement for those who are allowed to carry a concealed gun in public. Kevin Ahlbrand with the Fraternal Order of Police supports that requirement. State lawmakers plans to attempt a veto override next month on a bill that would eliminate Missouri sheriff departments’ power to decide who can carry concealed.”


Number of Americans killed annually by various means: check this out to see how guns compare.  # of Americans Killed By:


September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Following are just some alarming facts about youth and suicide:

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24, resulting in approximately 4,600 deaths each year. 
  • The top three methods used in suicides of young people are firearms (45 percent); suffocation (40 percent) and poisoning (8 percent). Boys are more likely than girls to die from suicide. 
  • Of reported suicides in the CDC statistics, 81 percent of deaths were males, 19 percent were females. Girls, however, are more likely to report attempting suicide than boys. 
Another Letter to the Editor from our fabulous Judy Sherry! Letters to the Editor.Week 1 Sept..pdf

4. Action Steps


Consider sending a letter or email to your MO or KS legislator. Attached is info  you can use for both states. Just select a few points to use – not the entire letter!


Contact KCMO Legislators 2016.docx 

SB 656 Copy Points.docx

KS Contacts.docx

KS Sample Ltr.8.22.16.docx

5.GAGV Polo Shirts for Sale

  • Available to buy and order at all  meetings
  • Assortment of sizes.
  • Orange with GAGV logo
  • Here are photos of the shirts: .grandparents-against-gun-violence.jpg
  • Cost $10 (These cost GAGV $16, but due to a generous contribution of our member, Susanne Shutz, we can sell them for a reduced price.)

How You can Support GAGV

1.Understand and support our mission

2.Recruit new members, inform others,and encourage action

3.Like and share our Facebook page

4.Write letters to the editor

5.Engage in our volunteer activities.

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