There is no May meetingas it is a busy month. Lots going on in June, too
Our next meeting is July 24. Notes from our April 24 meeting are attached below.
Our April 24 meeting was an excellent one. In line with our advocacy commitment, attendees stayed and addressed 88 postcards to our federally- elected officials urging them not to support H.R. 38 or S.498, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill. It would force each state to recognize concealed carry permits from every other state, overriding each state’s core laws on who is too dangerous to carry guns in public or even to possess guns at all. It would be just like a driver’s license...good in every state.
June 2=National Gun Violence Awareness Day https://wearorange.org/
5:00 PM Rally at the Plaza Fountain
Sponsored by GAGV, with our Heartland Coalition co-sponsors. We are asking everyone to wear orange that day. We will have media coverage and want a big crowd, so please plan to attend. There will be a short program at 5:15 and then time to demonstrate for the media cameras.
June 6 Annual Social
At the home of Ginny Vineyard and Morrie Pitluck
4:00 PM– 6:00 PM, 5225 Wyandotte KC, MO
This is a fun and relaxing way to enjoy the opportunity to visit with fellow GAGV members! We are so grateful to Ginny and Morrie for opening their lovely home to us.
To help us properly prepare, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark your calendars for the 4th Annual Community Forum AKA the Heartland Coalition
Monday, October 9
Pierson Hall in Student Success Center
5100 Rockhill Road
Keynote speaker is Nicole Hockley, mother of 6-year-old Dylan, who lost his life at Sandy Hook. Our next newsletter will have many more details. This promises to be a very meaningful event and we look forward to seeing you there.
President Trump was the first president since Reagan to attend the NRA convention. Seeing what $30 million can buy alerts us to be watching for his attacks on common sense gun laws and his unbridled support of the 2nd amendment.
As a member of the Citizen’s Task Force on Violence, I am pleased and proud of the work we did and grateful to the KC Star for its extensive coverage of our recommendations and the laudatory editorial. However, I was dismayed at the headline using the words Silver Bullet. Because we are concerned about the extreme gun culture that exists in our country (we are the only nation in the industrialized world with the huge number of gun deaths annually – 35,000) our group has developed a Thesaurus of over 70 words and phrases that refer to guns and shooting. While we clearly understand that words do not cause violence, we created this to help illustrate how many times we use these phrases, and offer suggestions of how to avoid them. For example – Silver Bullet means a perfect solution. Under the Gun means you are busy. Worth a Shot means trying. We believe if people become aware of the many phrases we use; perhaps it will cause them to think about the gun culture that exists. It certainly won’t eradicate it, but it will raise awareness – and that is a good first step.
Judy Sherry, Board Chair
Grandparents Against Gun Violence
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