We began as in 2013 as the first chapter of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which claimed the lives of 20 children and six staff members. In 2015 we changed our name to Grandparents Against Gun Violence.
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 sponsors community forums to educate the community about the many facets of gun violence.
Since its inception, GAGV has grown dramatically, and now has more than 1,000 supporters in our database. GAGV hosts monthly meetings attended by an average of 50-70 passionate and committed constituents, and not all of them are grandparents! Program topics range from reviews of current gun-related legislation, to advocacy, conflict resolution, 2nd amendment, mental health and 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.
What We Advocate
GAGV supports common-sense solutions including background checks which will keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. We also advocate for gun safety, by promoting safe gun storage and distributing free gun locks through our Lock It For Love program.
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 are the Missouri affiliate of States United Against Gun Violence.
- We stand with many national organziations that advocate for common sense solutions that address public health and safety concerns. These affiliations include both the local and National chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action, and Sandy Hook Promise.