To the Editor,
The article on gun violence asking for women's voices to speak up resonates in our home and community. As the grandmother of a child who survived Sandy Hook that day, an immediate internal response arose.
Being silent about gun violence, being complacent other than prayers for those affected, was no longer a personal option. Wringing one's hands and expressing "how terrible" amounted to being complicit. Silence does nothing for solving problems.
Fortunately, another grandmother reacted, and then more. A group was formed, creating a voice in our state which has now gained national interest and traction.
Cape Cod Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, a 501.c.3 group, is a non-partisan grassroots group, speaking with civility and common sense. We have received support from many grandmothers from all over the country. Our website and (Facebook) page describe our focus, and now two other chapters are beginning in Kansas and Illinois.
As the daughter of a NRA member from Virginia, guns were present in my home. But so was common sense about how they were stored, and respect for when they were appropriate.
It also would have been laughable to my NRA dad (son of a UVA attorney) if any lobbying group had tried to tell him how to vote.
As grandmothers, we have raised our children in a more civil era about guns, somehow knowing that the greater good trumped singular viewpoints. Let's refocus our moral compass as a nation.
Ask all stakeholders in this discussion to recognize that gun violence has reached a critical mass and we need to speak to each other about solving the components of gun violence that we can help eliminate.
Being silent is not a neutral stand — it assumes more tragedy is always inevitable. Grandmothers know that it is wrong to accept this without trying to improve the debate and work for solutions.
Our voices do count and offer reasonable viewpoints.
Respectfully, Kathleen Glueck