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APRIL 2024 NEWS

A Message from Judy Sherry, GGS Founder & President

No, this isn’t an April Fool’s edition! Instead, welcome to our newsletter’s new, easier to read format.

No foolin’! Now readers will be able to quickly preview articles, then decide to read in detail with just a click to READ MORE. Because half of you read the newsletter on your phones, the new format hopefully will make reading easier by allowing you to go directly to the articles that interest you most.

GGS members and supporters are interested and interesting people who want to use their time wisely. That’s why we’re responding to current viewing preferences. Your opinions and suggestions about the new format are welcome. Please share them with us. 

Another Viewpoint: Listening to Gun Owners

GGS Monthly Meeting & Program
Monday, April 29 (Note: new meeting date due to Passover)
4:00 – 5:30 pm
Colonial Church in Prairie Village, Social Hall
7039 Mission Road

Some observers may be surprised to learn owning guns and supporting ways to curb gun violence often go hand-in-hand.

For example, research shows 85% of Americans support background checks for all gun purchases. That includes more than 80% of gun owners who also favor universal background checks for all gun sales, according to a recent NPR/Ipsos survey.
 
On April 29, GGS members share their perspectives on owning guns while at the same time supporting ways to make gun ownership safer. They’ll be joined by professionals in the field discussing various aspects of responsible gun ownership.

(Additional parking is also available in the Macy’s lot west of the church.)

March program debunks gun violence myths

Again confirming the community is angry about gun violence, more than 90 GGS members and supporters attended the March 25th program on how to spot, then counter mis- and disinformation about firearms plus debunk myths and replace them with facts.

Sherman Smith, editor-in-chief of the daily online newsletter Kansas Reflector, cautioned attendees to be continually skeptical about data and verify sources. The program also debunked 15 common myths about gun violence including these:

  • Gun laws aren’t effective because criminals don’t follow them.
  • Everyone already has to get a background check before buying a gun.
  • Owning a gun is the best way to keep families safe.

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Left: GGS member Al Frisby helped attendees understand the difference between facts and myths about gun violence. Right: Kansas Reflector editor-in-chief Sherman Smith said being skeptical is a key way to avoid being misled by mis-and disinformation in the media.

Children are accidentally killing more people than ever

Last year children under 18 unintentionally shot and killed at least 157 people, according to data from Everytown for Gun Safety, the national gun control advocacy group. That’s the highest number of unintentional shootings by that age group since Everytown began tracking in 2015. In many cases, the children shot themselves, while others killed siblings or friends. Some 4.6 million children live in homes with at least one loaded and unlocked gun.

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LIFL collaborates with local thrift store

Troost39 Thrift Store and Lock It For Love, Grandparents for Gun Safety’s signature gun safety program, are working together to provide free gun locks to customers at checkout. It’s another way to get more locks into the community and encourage safe storage of firearms. See photos and READ MORE.

At least 81% of  firearm owners in the U.S. believe a gun at the ready will keep them safer.   

Source: Pew Research Center 2023

Jason Kander presentation rescheduled to April 22

Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander will be the guest speaker Monday April 22 at the weekly Lunch & Lobby free virtual event hosted by the Newtown Action Alliance (NAA). He’ll discuss the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which includes immunity protection for firearms manufacturers and dealers when crimes are committed with their products. Click here to read about PLCAA in GGS’ March newsletter.

NAA was formed after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012. At weekly Lunch & Lobby sessions, participants call legislators urging them to support various firearm-related bills, including PLCCA. Register now.

Member Spotlight:
Mo & Al Strack named Volunteers of the Quarter

If you want to call or email Mo Strack, be patient. She may be phoning legislators or sending them messages pressing for gun safety.

“As soon as I get an alert, boom. I’m on the phone to Jeff City or Washington, whatever’s happening in the moment,” Mo said, referring to the weekly Advocacy Alerts from GGS member Dave Webster. “Thank goodness for his vigilance because legislators (who oppose gun reform) bank on our not knowing what’s going on.”

In January alone, Mo made 37 phone calls to state and federal lawmakers and sent 28 emails. In March, Mo and Al, her husband of 48 years, were recognized as GGS Volunteers of the Quarter ahead of National Volunteer Week, April 21-17.

Advocating comes naturally to Mo. Her politically active mother often took her and her three older sisters to hand out flyers at political events. Eventually, her mother became the first woman treasurer of the Arkansas Democratic Party during the Bill Clinton era.

Mo’s shock after Sandy Hook and shootings that followed reached a decisive point last March. She and Al were watching coverage of the mass shooting in Nashville at the New Covenant Christian School that killed six people, including three children.

“We just can’t keep sitting here doing nothing,” she remembered saying. Recently retired, they joined GGS that day. Together they’ve staffed several Lock It For Love events and also sponsored the annual Community Forum.

In 2020, the couple moved to the Plaza area after long careers in Bartlesville, OK. Mo was a radiology technologist, and Al worked in manufacturing for Phillips Petroleum. They have a daughter here plus a son and grandson in Portland, OR.

Say Their Names

Kansas City experienced its deadliest year on record in 2023, when there were 185 killings in the city. Across the metro area, more than 240 people died by homicide. As of the start of 2024, the Kansas City Metro has recorded 41 homicides.  

We say the names of the most recent victims as a way to honor their lives, while we keep true to our vision that all members of our community have the right to feel safe from gun violence.

Mark Your Calendar

Sunday, April 14: Wear Orange Day

April 21-27: National Volunteer Week
Many thanks to ours!

Monday, April 22, 11:00 am (Date change from April 1)
Jason Kander Virtual Lunch & Lobby
Newtown Action Alliance Meeting
(new registration is needed)
 
Monday, April 29, 4:00 pm (Date change due to Passover)
GGS Monthly Meeting
Another Viewpoint: Listening to Gun Owners
Colonial Church in Prairie Village, Social Hall
7039 Mission Road

Our Vision

All members of our community have the right to feel safe from gun violence.
 

Our Mission

We focus on working for solutions, educating the community and seeking common ground reform that respects the rights of gun owners and non-owners alike.

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