Lock It for Love
“Lock It for Love”
a community outreach and education program whose purpose is:
- To educate the community about gun safety, with a focus on prevention of death or injury caused by guns kept in homes.
- To distribute free gun locks, particularly in areas where children are at greatest risk of gun violence
Tax deductible contributions are welcome and appreciated. Click here to support “Lock it for Love.”
We provide gun safety information and free gun locks at community events in the St. Louis area.
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your organization name, date, brief description of the event and your phone number. We’ll get back to you!
Click here to see our demonstration videos on locking guns
285 Gun Locks Given Away in August!
Members of the Women’s Voices “Lock It for Love” Committee attended 8 events in the month of August. Back-to-school events provided opportunities to give parents and care givers gun safety information and free gun locks. We went from South Broadway, to the North County Recreation Center and Normandy High School. We attended parent meetings at Dewey and Hickey Elementary schools. And in addition to back-to-school events we participated in a health resource fair at Gregory J. Carter Park, enjoyed the Dirty Muggs Band at an Ivory Perry Park concert and went to the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club for a Police Athletic League program. The result of these activities? 285 gun locks are in homes to protect our children from accidental injuries and deaths. Thanks to our volunteers: Andrea Bauman, Lise Bernstein, Jeanie Bryant, Ruth Ehresman, Barbara Finch, Susan Flanagan, Cathy Gilbert, Barbara Harris, John and Judi Jennetten, Joanne Kelly, Amy Moglen, Brenda Phillips, Mary Schuman, Helena Webb and Carol Wofsey.
More Than 350 Gun Locks Given Away in July!
July has been a busy month for the Women’s “Voices Lock It for Love” program. Our members attended community events and made presentations to interested groups. We heard good music while working at outdoor concerts, talked with children and adults about gun safety, listened to people who talked about their concerns for the safety of their children and distributed gun locks. We were in the city and county, the north side and south side. Where people want us, we go!
We attended the Pick Up the City Tour on North Garrison, The People’s Health Center Community Fair on Delmar, the Peabody Clinton Community Jobs Fair, Community Night Concert at St. Louis Place Park, The National Urban League at the American’s Center, and the Back to School Fair at Temple Israel sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women – St. Louis, and more. We spoke at the St. Louis Safety Group meeting at the O’Fallon Park Recreation Center, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Florissant and at the Hyde Park Community Center. Thanks to everyone who helped at the events We distributed 366 gun locks.
Two Recent Community Events
Ivory Perry Park – June 25
Ruth Ehresman, Mary Shuman and Dayle Kline enjoyed a beautiful evening and a concert featuring vocalist Denise Thimes. While at our display table they gave away 84 gun locks to people who have unsecured firearms in their homes. The event was sponsored by Union Communion Ministries (UCM).
Grace Episcopal Church – June 23
Grace Episcopal Church in Kirkwood had a fair and invited Women’s Voices to come with a display of our gun locks. The Rev. Marc Smith, the Bishop’s Deputy for Gun Violence Prevention, attended and spoke to the crowd about the Episcopal Church collaboration with us on the gun lock initiative. Pictured are Barbara Harris and Joan Park, members of the Women’s Voices Campaign for Common-Sense Gun Solutions Committee.
537 Gun Locks Distributed at St. Louis City Hall – June 21, 2017!
Gun Lock Give Aways – June 3, 2017
It was fitting that on Gun Violence Prevention day Women’s Voices participated in two community events in St. Louis and gave away 40 gun locks. One event was sponsored by the City of St. Louis Health Department at Marquette Park and the other was sponsored by two churches at Mallinkrodt School in South St. Louis. In addition to opportunities to learn about gun safety, the St. Louis Fire and Police Departments were there. Polar Pops provided welcome relief from the sun by giving free popsicles! Fox 2 News reported on the event and our member Barbara Harris was interviewed. See the news report here.
Thanks to Barbara Harris, Joanne Kelly,Linda Wallace-Jones and LiseBernstein for participating in these events.
Gravois Park Easter Egg Hunt
April 15, 2017
At the Gravois Park event children hunted for Easter eggs, had their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny, decorated hats and received attendance prizes. Women’s Voices had a display table with gun locks and talked with children and met with adults who were eager to receive locks for guns in their homes. Because of the large number of children in the pavilion area we had quite a few conversations with youngsters who were interested in the disabled guns and who wanted to pick them up. One young man questioned our “no touching” policy and asked if his mother said “yes”, could he pick it up? Again we said, “No,” so he found his mother and brought her to the display. She appreciated our policy, and was glad to have us discuss it with her son again while she was present to confirm for him that children should not touch or play with guns. And, she took a lock and agreed that it was especially important that she use it because of his extreme interest in holding the gun.
After the Easter Egg Hunt event, SouthSide Forever sponsored an event at Gravois Park with music, lunch and free haircuts. We gave our free gun locks! The day resulted in more than 40 locks being given to the event participants.
Thanks to Ruth Ehresman (seen in the photo showing a gun lock to the Easter bunny), Mary Clemons and Dayle Kline for being at Gravois Park.
April 6, 2017
The Ashland Elementary School in St. Louis invited Women’s Voices to distribute free gun locks to interested parents. Andrea Bauman and Susan Flanagan worked with a school counselor and social worker at the school. The parents were sent a notification that they could stop by and get a gun lock. After the event, Andrea and Susan received a nice thank you note.
Pediatric Firearm Injury and Safety Symposium
March 7, 2017
- the 9-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet while she sat in her room doing her homework;
- the 12-year-old boy accidentally killed by his friend when playing with his grandfather’s pistol kept under his pillow;
- the 2-year-old boy paralyzed when his father accidentally discharged his gun during loading;
- the 5-year-old girl caught in a cross-fire as she sat on her front porch;
- the 10-year-old boy killed by his mother overwhelmed with mental illness;
- the 5-month-old girl shot by her father’s pistol when it fell from his coat;
- the 4-year-old boy who found a handgun at home and placed the barrel into his mouth and pulled the trigger as he had often done to get a drink from his water-pistol.
Video from Grandparents Against Gun Violence
Grandparents Against Gun Violence and Proffer Productions have joined forces to bring attention to a simple safety measure that could save hundreds of children’s lives every year: gun locks. Click here
December 3, 2016
Spanish Lake Twillman elementary school violence summit
Carol Wofsey, co-chair of the Common-Sense Gun Solutions Committee, was a speaker for the panel discussion. Andrea Bauman was at our display table and distributed free gun locks to people who have unlocked guns in their homes.
At this event we used our new display board which features information about reasons why guns should be locked. The board includes information about two children who died by shooting themselves with an unlocked gun.
October 18 and November 12, 2106
October 18 Andrea Bauman, Barbara Harris, Dayle Kline and Joan Park attended the Affina Healthcare Cancer Awareness Fair on North Florissant Rd. At the event 45 locks were distributed. On Saturday, November 12 Nelda Carlisle-Gray, Gail Doell, Barbara Harris and Harriet Kopolow attended the 4th Annual ACA Enrollment & Home Health & Energy Fair in St. Ann. Thanks to their good work 70 gun locks were given to people who have unsecured guns in their home. Women’s Voices agrees with a woman who came up to Joan Park after the fair in October who said, “You will never know how many lives you have saved today.”
October 8 and October 9, 2016
2 Community Fairs – 75 Gun Locks Given Away
On a beautiful fall weekend members of the Campaign for Common-Sense Gun Solutions committee volunteered at the Overland Care Fair and the Chain of Rocks Community Association Oktoberfest. Visitors to our Lock It For Love display table were able to leave with free gun locks after having a brief discussion about the importance of securing their firearms and a demonstration on how to use the cable locks.
Thanks to Mary Clemons, Barbara Finch, Judy Ford, Dayle Kline, Fran Milsk and Carol Wofsey for volunteering their time at these events.
August 28 and September 10, 2016
Women’s Voices Gives Gun Locks and Gun Safety Information
On August 28 Andrea Bauman and Mary Clemons (along with husband Dale and dog Henry) were in Forest Park for the Peace Fest sponsored by Better Family Life. On September 10, Barbara Finch and Joan Park participated at an event at the St. Louis Crisis Nursery headquarters on North Grand Blvd. At both events gun locks were given to people who have unsecured guns in their homes. But we are always pleased to hear from people who do not own a firearm. One fair participant at the Peace Fest said, “I don’t own a gun because I have anger issues.” Quite a few women at the Crisis Nursery said they don’t own guns because they know children are safer in a home without one.
Left: Dale Clemons and Henry with Andrea Bauman
Right: Joan Park
August 14, 2016
8 Days; 3 Events; 170 Gun Locks
Members of Women’s Voices participated in community fairs August 6, August 13 and August 14. Thanks to Andrea Bauman,Lise Bernstein, Mary Clemons, Barbara Finch, Susan Flanagan, Barbara Harris, Brigid McCauley, Mary Ann Meyer, and Ginny Weil for discussing gun safety and demonstrating and giving free gun locks to 170 people.
The events were: Home, Health & Energy Resource Fair sponsored by the Community Action Agency of St. Louis County, held at Bellefontaine Neighbors Community Center; Affinia Healthcare Annual Back to School Fair held on South Broadway in St. Louis; the Ferguson Unity Back To School Fair held at the Ferguson Community Center.
Barbara Harris speaks with a fairgoer at the Ferguson Community Center.
July 30, 2016
A Gun Lock Give Away Double Header!
In the morning Mary Clemons, Barbara Davis, Harriet Kopolow and Carol Wofsey participated in the “Mothers Against Killing” march and fair at O’Fallon park. In the evening, Barbara Finch and Carol Wofsey attended the Better Family Life “Gun Violence Summit” at the New Northside Family Center. At both events we talked with people about gun safety. A total of 40 gun locks were given to people who stopped by our display tables and indicated that they have unsecured guns in their homes.
Harriet Kopolow demonstrates how to install a gun lock at the Mothers Against Killing fair.
Valerie Dent holds a photo of her sons, both of whom were murdered by guns, at the Better Family Life event. The killer of her sons has never been found and Dent works tirelessly to curb the epidemic of gun violence.
July 24, 2016
Back To School Store
National Council of Jewish Women, St. Louis
Women’s Voices participated once again at the highly successful Back 2 School Store event sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women, St. Louis. A record 188 gun locks were given to adults who have unsecured firearms in their home. Thank you to Andrea Bauman, Lise Bernstein, Mary Clemons, Gail Doell, Norma Line, Brigid McCauley, Fran Milsk, Joan Park and Carol Wofsey for talking with children and adults who stopped at our display table.
Lise Bernstein talks to two young boys about what they would do if they found a gun in the playground. They correctly answered that they wouldn’t touch it and would get an adult.
Norma Line and Brigid McCauley are ready to talk to people who come to the table.
July 9, 2016
Neighborhood Fair – Walnut Park, St. Louis
Carol Wofsey and Barbara Finch were joined by Barbara’s daughter Sarah Coleman and grandson Sam Finch at a neighborhood fair held in Walnut Park. Gun safety information was distributed and 15 gun locks given away.
June 18, 2016
PIER Neighborhood Fair – Gregory J. Carter Park
Carol Wofsey, Linda Wallace-Jones, Andrea Bauman and Mary Clemons participated in the St. Louis City P.I.E.R. event at Gregory J. Carter Park. The neighborhood fair was well attended and Women’s Voices distributed 40 locks to people who have guns in their homes that are unsecured. The photo below includes Carol Wofsey, co-chair of the Campaign for Common-Sense Gun Solutions, Andrea Bauman and Mary Clemons. A videographer was taking pictures of our literature and our disarmed demonstration guns.
June 2, 2016
Gun Violence Prevention Day
Members of Women’s Voices were welcomed to the St. Louis Story Stitchers space on June 2 as both organizations observed June 2 as Gun Violence Prevention Day. Teen and young adult members of the Story Stitchers document the communities they live in through art and music with special attention to bullying, implicit bias and gun violence. Members of the Campaign for Common-Sense Gun Solutions who participated included Mary Schuman, Sue Flanagan, Andrea Bauman and Barbara Finch.
May 14, 2016
P.I.E.R. Health Fair – O’Fallon Recreation Center
Members of the Women’s Voices Lock It For Love program distributed gun safety information and 41 free gun locks at the health fair. Special thanks to Officer Regina Moore who made an announcement following a short program with Mayor Slay and an officer with the St. Louis Fire Department. Officer Moore urged participants at the fair to come by our display table to get a gun lock if they had a gun in their home.
Our video featuring Captain Janice Bockstruck was played at the table demonstrating how to secure guns with the cable locks. In the video Captain Bockstruck says that our children are “irreplaceable and invaluable” and that “securing a firearm can prevent an accidental death or suicide.” We were reminded of that when a mother and young boy stopped by the table and told us that his friend had been shot. The friend was 8th grader Jamyha Luss who died January 17th when at a friend’s house and boys playing with a gun shot her in the back.
Thanks to Carol Wofsey, Dayle Kline, Harriet Kopolow, Lise Bernstein and Mary Clemons for their work at the O’Fallon health fair.
(PIER is St. Louis City’s plan to reduce crime through Prevention, Intervention, Enforcement, and Reentry Strategies)
April 30, 2016
Dayle Kline and Judy Ford practice locking up a pistol and a revolver before the YMCA family event at O’Fallon Park Recreation Center. Women’s Voices will continue to give away gun locks in the Lock It For Love program throughout the summer.
April 1: Don’t Be Foolish! Lock Your Gun
“Don’t Be Foolish: Lock Your Guns!” was the theme on April 1 when members of the Women’s Voices Campaign for Common-Sense Gun Solutions gave away free gun locks in the rotunda of St. Louis City Hall. Those who lined up to learn about gun safety, view a video demonstrating the proper way to lock guns, and get a free lock promised that they would not be foolish. Two hundred gun locks were distributed in less than three hours. The event was co-sponsored by the Deaconess Foundation and the office of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. Women’s Voices members who participated were Lise Bernstein, Ruth Ehresman, Fran Milsk, Mary Clemons, Joan Park, Harriet Kopolow and Barbara Finch.
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