From Our President, Judy Sherry

With this first newsletter of 2021, I am sending each of you best wishes for a happy and healthy new year, knowing we all hope it’s better than 2020. Clearly the pandemic has taken a toll on all of us. We miss our children, our grandchildren, our friends and colleagues. Even so, we also recognize how lucky we are not to be homeless, hungry or suffering other hardships faced by many others in our country.

Of course, we remain concerned as we see COVID-19 cases continue to climb, yet also hopeful the vaccines will begin the slow start of our returning to some form of normalcy by late spring or summer.

Fortunate, adaptable and hopeful also describe GAGV. We’ve retooled our work in continuing to address gun violence. We hope you’ll take time to review our many accomplishments in 2020 and our goals for 2021. You are an important part of both.

Calling People IN, Not Calling People OUT

Monday, January 25
4:00-5:30 pm
Zoom Meeti
ng: Link to be sent Sunday January 24

According to the dictionary, “listen” means “to heed or pay attention to what is said.” As we prepare to hear other peoples’ perspectives on gun violence, our January program will help us listen with a purpose and consider how to change based on what we hear. Can our attitudes evolve? How do we start? Do we even want to? There’s no wrong answer.

Our speakers are Cecil Wattree and Cynthia Corn, both social workers and veterans of the Hickman Mills School District. Cecil is the current president of the District’s Board of Directors and Cynthia was previously principal of the Burke Academy, the District’s alternative high school. They’ll help us recognize our attitudes and actions and consider ways to change.

We’ll continue meeting by Zoom at 4 pm on the fourth Monday of each month at least through June, if not longer. Future monthly programs will include listening to voices from these different perspectives:

  • The National African American Gun Association, with chapters in both Missouri and Kansas
  • Urban vs Rural: their different landscapes mean different views on gun ownership
  • The Gun Gap: why gun ownership influences political behavior and attitudes
  • Troubles of the Thin Blue Line: how police manage increasing public pressure
  • Forgotten Survivors: Project RISE helps traumatized victims of local gun violence
  • Religion and Gun Ownership: how one shapes the other
  • Project ChildSafe: finding common ground with the NRA’s safe storage program

    We’re so appreciative of our new and renewing members who support our mission to prevent gun violence. Thank you for helping keep our children safe at home, at school and in the community. Whether you have time to be personally involved in GAGV, or cheer us on from the sidelines, please know that we appreciate your being a dues-paying member. You support adds strength to our voice when we advocate for change in our community.

    New and Renewing members:

    Elise Bernstein, Boyd Bolter, Beth Burnett, Marilyn Cohen, Christine Copeland, Suzanne Fisher, Dena Klein, Bonnie Lewis, Mary Mathews, Ginny Vineyard and Morrie Pitluck, Sheryl Wagner and Ann Weaver.

    Special Thanks to Our Grand Members (joined at the $100 level):

    James Atwood, Janet Baker, Judie Becker, Jill Coughlin, Charlotte Davison, Carol Gee, Chris Glenski, Lona Harris, Marsha Herman, Ellen Martin, Kathy Perryman, Tom Russell, Judy Sherry, Susanne Shutz, Sharon Slusher and Pat Stein.

    Names represent supporters from September through December 2020.

    We appreciate and thank all our members!

    Help Us Welcome Even More New and Renewing Members!

    Since 2021 is our year of Listening to Different Voices, adding new members strengthens our voice as we advocate for sensible gun legislation at the local, state and national levels. Here’s how you can help:

    • Share with us a list of five friends or acquaintances who you believe might be interested in our mission of preventing gun violence. Please send the names and email addresses to Joan Jacobson, Membership Chair, 913-649-9895.
    • Please submit the names by January 31 to be entered in a drawing for a variety of fun gifts, from Starbucks gift cards to GAGV swag and more!

    Know any new grandparents? Please send Joan their names and contact information and we’ll welcome them to this wonderful new chapter in their lives with a gift of a one year membership to GAGV.

    Social Media Adds Another Way to Amplify GAGV’s Voice

    We’re eager to share what you know! Send Avery Gray and Nancy Oglesby your suggestions, information and photos. You can also help us spread the word about our activities by sharing our Instagram (gagv101) and Facebook (Grandparents Against Gun Violence) posts.

      The sheer volume of news can be overwhelming! That’s why this new monthly feature will focus on one tidbit of information that helps emphasize our mission to educate, advocate and participate.

        In just the first six months of 2020, Americans bought approximately 19 million firearms, with 3.9 million bought in June alone, according to data from the FBI and the Brookings Institution as reported in The New York Times.

        Grandparents Against Gun Violence is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Kansas City, Missouri, that focuses on issues related to gun violence in Kansas and Missouri. We are working with community partners on strategies such as distributing gun locks to help gun owners protect the children in their homes from tragedy.

        P.O. Box 11193, Overland Park, KS 66207  |  [email protected]

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