Dear Friends,
Andy Goddard is one of Virginia's leading advocates for safer gun laws in Virginia. He's the Legislative Director for the Virginia Center for Public Safety.

Beginning this Friday, January 8, from 1-2 pm, and repeating at the same time every Friday until the Virginia General Assembly session ends, Andy and I will be talking about the gun laws passed in 2020 and those being considered in 2021.
We hope you'll join us.

To get our Zoom invitation, simply email and ask for it.

Here's a bit of background on Andy...

Born in England, Andrew received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Trent University in Nottingham in 1976.

His main career included 20 years of International humanitarian relief and development, working and living in a number of developing countries, including Kenya, Somalia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Egypt. When not living overseas, Andrew also worked for 8 years in North Carolina and Georgia as a Design Engineer and Project Manager.

Andrew moved to Virginia in January 2007 with his wife Anne and their two children.

His interest in mental health issues, as well as gun violence prevention, came about as a result of his son’s injuries sustained in the Virginia Tech tragedy of 4/16/2007. Andrew is now the President of the Richmond Chapter of the Million Mom March against gun violence and Legislative Director of the Virginia Center for Public Safety. He also served on the Board of the Virginia Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and was the first Board Chair of the National Gun Victims Action Council.

Happy and Healthy New Year,

Paul A. Friedman, Esq.
Founder/Executive Director
Safer Country

P.S. It's been just over 40 years since John Lennon was gunned down. Yet, a new law, commonly called a red flag law, extreme risk protective order and/or substantial risk protective order, but better described as a gun violence prevention protective order, could have prevented that horrific murder.

In the 19 states that have it, lives are being saved. Yet, awareness needs to be raised even in those states to ensure it's properly implemented. To do this work though, we need your help now. Budget planning for 2021 begins soon.
Please show your support for our life-saving work by donating $4, $40 or whatever you can. Together, we can create a safer country.

Safer Country is a 501(c)(3) and contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. As a start-up, your support is vital.

In honor of the 40th anniversary of John Lennon's murder, a donation of $4, $40 or more would be greatly appreciated.

To learn more about us and donate, simply visit the website at 
or contact Executive Director Paul Friedman at

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Please make a tax deductible donation for $25 for one and $40 for two to help our gun violence prevention education and advocacy work while sending a positive message with your mask. We need a Safer Country.

Visit and donate there. For more information, email
Safer Country
Safer Country was created in 2019 and is still very much a start-up non-profit.

The Alexandria-based gun violence prevention non-profit organization, is working to advance and promote the passage and effective implementation of gun violence risk protection order laws (red flag laws), get every state to participate fully in the background check system for gun purchases - including using fingerprinting to ensure interstate crimes are discovered, and highlight the life-saving value of safer storage laws.

Help keep guns out of unsafe hands. Support us by donating here.
Safer Country is a 501(c)(3) education and advocacy group.
Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Safer Country
P.O. Box 372
Alexandria, VA 22313