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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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