Boca United thanks everyone for gun violence talk

February 8, 2019
By Marcy Shortuse

To the Editor:
Thank you to the 120 people who attended the informative and moving January 25th presentation on the national gun violence epidemic at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, titled “When Gun Violence Hits Home.” The event was hosted by Boca United, a group of Boca Grande community members who are interested in issues of social justice.
And an especially heartfelt thank you to the Marmet family for sharing their personal story and for bringing presenter Debbie Weir to Boca Grande. Ms. Weir, the former CEO of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), is a senior executive for “Everytown for Gun Safety/Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.” Everytown is a national organization advocating for meaningful gun safety laws that was founded in 2012 after the mass shooting of 28 people – including 20 children – at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Everytown focuses on strengthening gun laws to keep guns out of the wrong hands, including domestic abusers and convicted felons, and closing the loopholes that enable prohibited buyers to avoid background checks.
The organization has more than five million supporters and, in the last 12 months, has helped 20 states pass legislation to address gun safety.
You can find out more about this important work at
Thank you again to all who participated, and we hope to see you at one of our next events.
Valerie Walch
Karin Birkeland
Members, Boca United