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That Panicked Race to School that Every Parent Dreads

June 13, 2013
The text came from our school's emergency system around noon. Parents needed to get to the school “as soon as possible, but no need to panic” as there was a wildfire burning nearby. Of course every parent panicked and rushed to the school only to find the small fire was already 100-percent contained by the fire department and the children were never under threat of evacuation. The school was just being cautious. I imagine that day over and over again only because it's the call you never want to get...yet, as we know, too many parents have. I imagine what it must have been like to hear via a...
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Senseless. Violent. Unexpected. Life Changing.

June 13, 2013
On Friday of this week, June 14th, it will be 6 months since the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school. There will be events across the country to honor the memories of the 20 small children and 6 adults who were shot and killed 6 months ago. 6 months. It's a long time ago. It's a short time ago. Have we forgotten? We can't forget. We can't let the corporate gun lobby erase this shooting from our collective memory. Otherwise, who are we as a country? Otherwise, what are we all about? It's all about the victims of the gun violence epidemic running rampant in America. It's time to do...
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Enough Is Enough!

June 13, 2013
I have been a New York City public school teacher for the past thirteen years and, during that time, I have attended my share of funerals for past students. Way too many of our children have become casualties of war in this feud between gun companies and our federal government. The sad part is that it seems that the gun companies are winning the battle because more and more guns are becoming available on our streets and Congress seems to think that if we don’t talk about it, it will all go away. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. I’m here to speak for all of the mothers, fathers,...
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Ryan's Story

June 13, 2013
For many years I have heard, read and observed the ad nauseam rhetoric, conjecture, and Theater Of The Absurd gun control debate. I find it astonishing that there are still United States citizens who would subscribe to the misguided and intentionally misleading notions espoused by the NRA, the mouthpiece for the firearms industry. This is particularly notable given the numerous successful examples readily available just beyond our borders. The NRA, hijacked by an extremist minority and the firearm manufacturers, no longer listens to the voice of its own mainstream members and has embarked...
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I’m taking a stand against gun violence

June 13, 2013
Hi! I’m a young mom from Virginia and I’m taking a stand against gun violence. I don’t have a personal experience, but I do have a 2 year old with a speech delay that attends an elementary school full time for that reason, so Newtown really hit hard on a relatable level. For a while I was fighting to avoid another Newtown, not paying enough attention to the daily, invisible slaughter. Then I started to read some of the articles for the less publicized daily gun deaths. First I was shocked, then devastated, and then I decided that that wasn’t going to do anybody any good and now I am...
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Six Months After Sandy Hook: Renewing Our Passion in the Struggle to Protect American Families from Gun Violence

June 13, 2013
Photo of an anti-gun violence rally by MDGovpics on Flickr. June 14 marks six months since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. As the immediate outrage fades into the not-so-distant past, we must remember this national tragedy and redouble our efforts to advance dramatic improvements in gun safety to protect our families. We must also remember that each day countless women and children continued to be gunned down in our streets throughout the land. Firearms are among the leading causes of death for young people in the United States; every day, eight children or teens die from injuries...
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I Love Our Constitution

June 13, 2013
I am a first generation American. I love our constitution, bill of rights and pledge of the allegiance. It is the fabric that keeps us all together on the same page building this great nation. It is our common understanding regardless of where we live in our fifty states. It was well thought out and has lasted us until the twenty first century. My family is from Colombia. For as long as I have been alive it has been in a civil war. Before that my great-grandparents saw the country divided. I am not unlike most Latinos who families came to the U.S. not only for economic opportunity but to...
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Pursuing Happiness Post-Newtown

June 13, 2013
Like so many other Americans, I remember exactly where I was when I learned about the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. I was home that day in Richmond when my phone rang. It was Lynnette Alameddine on the line. I could tell immediately she was in tears. Lynette and I have cried together before. Her son Ross was murdered during the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007. He was just 20 years old. My daughter Emily, who was in the same classroom with Ross that day, was shot twice in the head. But I am blessed. Emily survived and recovered fully from her injuries...
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Love Is a Powerful Thing

June 13, 2013
Love is powerful thing. Just ask Sen. Rob Portman, who put himself at considerable political peril by embracing gay marriage after learning that someone he knows and loves is gay. It is in this light that his recent vote to block common-sense gun violence prevention legislation is so profoundly disturbing. Like Sen. Portman, more and more Americans have come to accept or embrace the idea of gay marriage simply because they know someone who is gay and who deserves to be happy. Is that what it will take to get guns out of the hands of violent criminals? Will we all have to have known and loved...
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I Lost All 3 of My Sons Within 6 Years to Senseless Gun Violence

June 13, 2013
I lost all 3 of my sons within 6 years to senseless gun violence. I have no other children of my own. I have been trying for over 20 years to spare other families from experiencing the pain and suffering that I have. I have marched, had vigils, spoke in Washington, Albany, and other cities and states about the impact of gun violence. Gun violence robs the victims and their families of their hopes and dreams. It is a lifetime of suffering for those who are left behind. Sometimes I want to give up, but that still small voice inside of me and the voices of my children will not allow me. OUR MOST...
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