Grandparents Against Gun Violence (GAGV) began in 2013 as a result of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which claimed the lives of 20 children and six staff members.
GAGV works to reduce gun violence to keep our children and grandchildren safe at home, at school, and in the community, with focus on the Kansas City metropolitan area. GAGV is an all-volunteer standalone 501(C)(3) organization.
Since its inception, GAGV has grown to 181 dues-paying members and a database that reaches 740 people. GAGV hosts monthly meetings attended by an average of 50-60 inspired and passionate constituents with program topics ranging from current gun-related legislation, advocacy, conflict resolution school safety and gun safety.
Representatives from GAGV participate in numerous community activities including the Mayor’s Task Force on Gun Violence, the Women’s Rally at Washington Park, demonstrations to commemorate the anniversary of Sandy Hook and National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and the annual Community Forum presented by our Heartland Coalition Against Gun Violence.
What We Believe
Are we against guns? NO.
Are we against gun violence? YES.
We are for gun safety.
We work to reduce gun violence to keep all children safe at home, at school and in our community.
Who We Are
Grandparents Against Gun Violence is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Kansas City, Mo., 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.
What We Advocate
GAGV is not against guns. We are against gun violence. We support common- sense solutions and the equally important right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, especially for our children – without compromising the Second Amendment rights of responsible citizens.
Our Position on Second Amendment Rights
- We respect the Second Amendment Right of Americans to bear arms.
- We understand this right was upheld for individuals by the Supreme Court’s 2008 DC v Heller ruling.
- We also take to heart the words of the late Justice Antonin Scalia writing in the landmark Heller decision:
“Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited… Nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.”
We couldn’t agree more.
We formed the first local chapter of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence in response to the Sandy Hook school tragedy.
Established in 2013, we changed our name to Grandparents Against Gun Violence in September 2015.
In 2014, we developed The Heartland Coalition Against Gun Violence, a gathering of Kansas City like-minded groups to gain a critical mass of people concerned about gun violence. The Heartland Coalition sponsor’s community forums to educate the community about the many facets of gun violence.
- We are the Missouri affiliate of States United Against Gun Violence.
- We also interact with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
- We stand with other national organizations that advocate for common sense solutions that address public health and safety concerns.