It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that gun violence has touched the home of IKC founder and President, Emily Riegel. Yesterday morning, her husband Tom was murdered by an individual with a gun on their front stoop in Brookside.
As the founder of Indivisible KC, and in her professional career, Emily has been a phenomenal force for good. She continues to be a hero and inspiration to all of us, and we wish her and their boys love and healing in this profoundly difficult time.
We encourage you to read the details of the case, and let it build the fire inside you to push for change. Reports indicate this heinous crime may have been committed by a man who had a history of gun violence, and who had no business freely carrying a firearm. Tom’s was only the most recent in an unfathomable number of preventable deaths. He was one of 159 people murdered in the Kansas City metro so far this year, along with an unknown number of deaths by gun suicide. Each death is tragic; each victim loved, valued and mourned.
There are always those who argue that loss should not be politicized. Many IKC members live by the mantra that the personal IS political. This is most acute in situations like Tom’s death, which may be directly attributed to the failure of our politicians to enact and enforce common-sense regulations, with which even most gun owners agree. It is time to ask our representatives in state and federal government how they justify their failure to act.
Remember Tom and Emily as you do the good work.
In Love, Strength, and Solidarity,