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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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My Newtown Moment

June 13, 2013
My Newtown moment came in 1999 as I sat at the funeral of my former basketball coach, Dave Sanders. He was murdered along with 12 students at Columbine High School. It was an overbearingly sad service as I hugged former teachers, faces red and swollen from days of crying. Just like the teachers at...
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Your Gun Won’t Make Kids Feel Safer

June 13, 2013
When I was ten years old, my parents made the decision to start their own business—a bodega (a small Latin grocery store) in Little Havana, FL. After years as an introverted child, this Cuban stomping ground was where I first came out of my shell. I played with neighboring children, went to...
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For Newtown, Moms unite to making this country safer

June 13, 2013
I am a mom from Newtown, and my younger daughter is six years old. Before December 14, 2012, I would have described myself differently: political moderate, high school science teacher. But in the six months since that terrible day, when 20 of my daughter’s peers and six of her teacher’s colleagues...
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