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NEWSLETTER

April 20, 2017

Contents:

1.   April 24 Meeting

2.   National Gun Violence Day

3.   Volunteer Opportunity: Speaker’s Bureau

4.   News

5.   Upcoming Calendar      


1.   Monday, April 24 Meeting

Our April  24 meeting will focus on finding common ground with people 

with whom we do not agree. Mikhala Simmons, from the Center for Conflict Resolution, 

will talk with us about active listening so we CAN find places where we can agree. She will

help us learn to have Constructive Conversations  leading to Conflict Transformation

· Time: 4:00-5:30 PM

· Location: Colonial Church, 71st & Mission


PS: To continue our Advocacy Action Plan (i.e. advocacy activities at each meeting) ,

please plan to stay for ten minutes or so at the end of our meeting to write a postcard  

about a Gun Reciprocity bill – which we will explain at the meeting.

2.   National Gun Violence Day, June 2

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!  We are hoping everyone will wear orange that day (and

your GAGV pin and/or t-shirt if you have one!).  There will be a 5:00 PM rally at the

Plaza Fountain sponsored by GAGV, with our Heartland Coalition co-sponsors.  

More details to come...but please plan to join us. (We will have GAGV t-shirts at the

April meeting so you can buy one to wear on June 2-Wear Orange Day.

3.   Volunteer Opportunity: Speaker’s Bureau

We are still looking for opportunities for speaking engagements, so if an organization

you know about might be looking for a speaker, please let us know by filling out a card

at our April 24 meeting or e-mailing Jan Picker, our Speaker’s Bureau leader at 

speakersgagv@gmail.com.

One of our most important goals this year, Educate the Community on Gun-Related

Issues to Make Them Advocates for Commonsense Gun Laws, leads us to found a

Speaker’s Bureau. The plan is to finalize the presentation, purchase equipment needed,

and schedule organizations that wish to understand our point of view.

This is where you come in! Of course, we need willing/enthusiastic presenters.

You would receive ample training and then present  in pairs to groups with which

you feel comfortable. Jan Pickler, our new Speaker’s Bureau leader, will help you

set up, as needed, and make sure you feel confident to bring our message to groups

willing to listen and support our cause. Please send an email tospeakersgagv@gmail.com.

4.   News

Man accidentally shoots himself. As many have said:   “if you have a gun, it’s bound to go off!” 

http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Reaching-for-his-wallet-diner-shoots-self-in-11030727.php?utm_content=buffer97365&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer 

All of this to say, if the “experienced" "good guys" with guns have unintended discharges in ordinary course of carrying firearms, what can we expect with more gun in public spaces via  Permitless carry etc.?   

Long article  April 13 – talk about many aspects and includes a short paragraph re removing means for suicide when you worry/suspect someone has it on their minds. It doesn’t cover all the points we wish it did (e.g.  the number of suicides every year– approximately 23,000) but it does at least take the issue out of the shadows and shame.

http://www.kansascity.com/search/?q=Zero+Suicide+movement

5. Upcoming Calendar

June 6 Social at home of Ginny Vineyard and Morrie Pitluck

 


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.

 Contact email: info@moksgagv.org
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