This is a little out of the ordinary for this space, but the times we live in are–we can hope—a lot out of the ordinary.
I want to say a word about my favorite cousin, Judy Lyons Sherry. She’s been my favorite cousin as long as I can remember so that goes back almost 80 years. She’s a little older than I am, but just a little. We’re both in our 80s. I’ll leave it at that.
She could be doing nothing, or playing bridge or mah jong, or just going to the gym (which she does), but she’s not. Several years ago she got upset about people killing themselves or others with guns. Rather than just being upset about it, she decided to do something, so she started a group in Kansas City, where she lives, called Grandparents for Gun Safety. That was ten years ago.
One of the things GGS does, besides advocating locally and nationally for sensible gun legislation, is to give anyone with a gun a gun lock, free for the asking, so that gun owners can secure their guns and prevent others from using them without permission.
It may not seem like a lot, but as John F. Kennedy said 60 years ago, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
So now the Kansas City group is reaching out to like-minded groups to form a national organization—another step along that journey.
I’m attaching a link if you’re interested in learning more. You don’t have to do anything or give anything. Just take a look. If you do feel like doing something, or giving something, that’s up to you. I know my cousin will be grateful, and you just might have helped move things along.
Here’s a link: