November 18, 2016

Grandparents Against Gun Violence

Wishing You and Yours A

Happy and Safe Thanksgiving

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1.       Next Meeting

2.       Heartland Coalition Wrap-up

3.       More on the Election

4.       News

1. Next Meeting

When: Monday, December 5, 4:00-5:45 PM

Where: Colonial Church in Prairie Village (71st and Mission Road)

Topic: American Legislative Council (ALEC) and the Koch’s Who Love them!

Speaker: Steve Lopes, who has a long history of community organizing,  most recently Field Organizer for the Davis/Docking campaign; Field Coordinator for ACLU of Kansas; and JO Votes Coordinator.

You will learn about ALEC, a secretive group that drafts legislation for states across the country. It brings together major U.S. corporations and right-wing legislators to craft and vote on "model" bills behind closed doors. It has come under increasing scrutiny for its role in promoting "stand your ground" gun laws, expanding concealed carry rights, voter suppression bills and other controversial legislation. 

Considering the gun-friendly tilt we can now see for our country; it is imperative that we understand the dangers presented by ALEC, so don’t miss this meeting! Please let us know you will attend by RSVP'ing to

2. Heartland Coalition Wrap UP

Here's some great press from the local Peaceworks Organization that focuses on Leonard Pitts. Heartland.PeaceWorks Newsletter.pdf

Here's a photo of the panel discussion: Micah Kubic, Rev. Adam Hamilton, and Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Those who responded to the evaluation of this year’s Community Forum were extremely pleased with the overall content as well as the keynote speaker, Pulitzer Prize winning author and columnist Leonard Pitts. An overwhelmingly majority of respondents said they would attended a Forum if one were held next year. The majority of respondents also said the most important next step for the Heartland Coalition to take is to continue educating the public about the dangers of guns and gun violence and the corresponding need for sensible gun safety legislation.

 3. The Election

In regard to gun regulation, there were a few pieces of good news!

Positive gun initiatives succeeded in Nevada, Washington and California. When the requirements in these three states go into effect, just less than half of the U.S. population will live in states that have closed a major gun safety loophole. That is the good news for them, and the challenge for us.

A Steve Rose editorial notes that the election of moderates may encourage the repeal of certain gun-favorable laws in Kansas. Click Here to read the editorial.

In addition, Rudy Guiliani has a record of encouraging gun regulation in New York. If he receives an appointment from the Trump administration, he may have a positive effect. We will see.

4. News

Two articles from The Trace, 11/16/16 and 11/17/16.  An article about Trumps determination to protect Second Amendment Rights. Here's the first scary paragraph.

"In the waning days of the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump’s campaign quietly announced the formation of a “coalition” dedicated to protecting the Second Amendment. The 62-member group would be helmed by the president-elect’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and Chris Cox, the National Rifle Association’s top lobbyist".  Click Here to read the 11/16 article.

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