We are literally and figuratively moving. We are filled with gratitude for all the help along the way.
Soon, we’ll be back in our RV, and traveling the country again. With the generosity of a dear friend who had space available, we spent much of the pandemic in California where Sandy grew up. We will miss our sanctuary, but we’re ready to move on, and we’ll be traveling abroad as well - more about that below.
Meanwhile, the gun safety movement is picking up steam. That fills our hearts with hope - but we know that it’s the exploding gun death numbers of the last two years that are precipitating some of the progress, and we know as well that the summer may well be even worse.
We choose to have hope. We also face the summer with some looming dread, because July 20 will mark the 9th anniversary of the Aurora, Colorado, massacre that took the life of our Jessi. But as we face down that tragi-versary and start marking the time leading up to a decade without our girl, we are actively engaged with more and more partners who are relentlessly working to make us all safer; that includes the president of the United States.
In early June, near the start of Gun Awareness Month, USA Today published our op-ed about the impact of gun violence on us personally and on this country, and ways to address it.
In mid-June, we were honored to be on a panel, “Ending Special Immunity for the Gun Industry,” featuring Guns Down America, Giffords and U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).
We are thrilled that in this difficult legislative climate, gun legislation seems to be gaining traction. See our summary of activity and coverage below.
And we have a preview of something else we are thrilled to announce. In August, we’ll be at the Fringe Festival in Scotland, where a play by Kate Barton and Matthew that was inspired by the Aurora shooting will be presented.
We wish you all peace and progress.
In loving solidarity,
Sandy and Lonnie