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I am speaking to the future

June 12, 2013
When I speak about the violence that occurred on October 28th, 2002, I do so with the understanding that I am speaking to the future, not the past. Always unsure of who is listening and the impact of my words, I speak these words to all of you that I will never know: you are the person whose life my words will save one day, and neither of us knows it at this moment. But I love your life as much as I love my own, for I have seen firsthand what it means to die because of gun violence, and have lived the ten years since, carrying the weight of that knowledge in my heart and in my very being. On...
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Promise to my mom

June 12, 2013
As an educator working in a first grade classroom, I watched in horror on December 14, 2012, as the images of Sandy Hook flashed across my phone, my television screen, my Facebook and Twitter feeds. As someone who grew up in Newtown, I watched in shock, and then enormous sadness, as I saw the images of my beautiful town, my schools, and my church. My mother, Peggy Gloria, is a retired paraeducator from the Newtown school system. We’ve had many tearful conversations since December 14th. It was my mother who asked me the question, “When will we stop putting politics before the safety of...
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Thoughts Of A Father On The Newtown Anniversary

June 12, 2013
It happened again. This time it was in Santa Monica, where a young man just shy of his 24th Birthday, went on a shooting rampage. He had reportedly been " hospitalized for treatment after allegedly talking about harming someone ," in the past, but because of a Congress that has chosen to do nothing in the face of this threat to our " general welfare ," an assault weapon was likely not even a challenge to obtain. I have worked on this issue as an advocate for 4 years now, and have written about it in columns and/or blog posts going back a dozen years. But it is in recent years that the fight...
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Newtown Action Alliance Honors Our Victims by Demanding Change

June 11, 2013
Newtown is mostly quiet again now, especially in the tiny business center of Sandy Hook - just around the corner from the site where our shuttered elementary school still stands. You can’t see Sandy Hook School from the road, and the driveway remains closed and guarded. But people all around our country and even the world understand the significance of this site, and feel a reverberation of the events that took place there on December 14th, 2012. The terrifying mass murder of innocents was carried out within minutes but will be felt for decades. It left the people of Newtown and beyond...
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Will Mothers Be the Champions of Gun Control?

June 11, 2013
This story originally appeared in Mamiverse . Two months have passed since the Newtown tragedy, and while most of us are able to continue our lives as usual after our initial shock, disbelief and horror, the parents of the 20 children killed that day cannot. The families of the teachers killed that day cannot. The health and law enforcement professionals who arrived on the scene cannot. The community of Newtown cannot. And the rest of the country should not. As I listened to the State of the Union address last week, I was not surprised that so many parents, myself included, tweeted and...
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Is Gun Safety Really Better in the U.S. Compared to South America?

June 11, 2013
On December 14, 2012 innocent children and educators were victims of Adam Lanza, a mentally disturbed man who had easy access to guns and ammunition that should only be accessible to the military; no civilian should have access to this type of artillery. The United States' gun laws are too lax, and this needs to change. It is surprising to know that countries in South America have better gun control legislation than the USA, and moms there may have to worry about pickpockets or robberies, but they do not have to worry about a gunman shooting up kids in school. Maybe it's time we learn from...
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The Gruesome Combination of Guns and Intimate Partner Violence

June 11, 2013
Tallying up kids killed with guns was not how I’d planned to spend my morning. Yet there I was, reading through a Mayors Against Illegal Guns report on mass shootings, counting the number of kids killed in domestic-violence related shootings between January 2009 and January 2013. Part-way through, I had to get up from the computer and give myself a break from the overwhelming sadness of my task. The families and friends of those children, though, can never walk away from the tragedy that happened to their loved ones. It is a tragedy that we, as Americans, have allowed to happen through our...
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Stemming Gun Violence: A Window of Opportunity

June 11, 2013
On the morning of December 14, 2012, just 6 months ago, I was rounding on newborn babies in the hospital. Zipping from room to room I checked on swaddled babies sleeping in the crook of their exhausted mothers' arms. For a brief moment I glanced at my twitter feed and stood stunned as news trickled in about a classroom of first graders who were savagely shot and killed. As a pediatrician, I felt undone. Children in my care were newly born and healthy. Children of others were prematurely taken away. While the sudden loss of so many young children in Sandy Hook was heart wrenching, there are...

Make Mass Shootings a Memory

June 11, 2013
There are days that are seared into our communal memory. The day JFK was shot. September 11, 2001. But horrifically now our collective memories mark anniversaries of mass shootings. We add them to the calendars in our minds and struggle to get past them. June 14 is the six-month anniversary of Newtown. April 16 was the six-year anniversary of Virginia Tech. July 20 will be the one-year anniversary of Aurora. January 8 was the second year anniversary of Tucson. Each new day brings 30 new tragedies to mark. It is time now to end this scourge of senseless violence. Congress must act now to end...
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Why Women Should Care about Expanding Background Checks

June 11, 2013
When Zina Haughton obtained a restraining order that prohibited her physically abusive husband from purchasing a gun, she thought she was safe. But despite the court order, Mr. Haughton purchased a gun from an online private seller. Not long after, Mr. Haughton shot and murdered Zina and two of her colleagues. Unfortunately, stories like Zina’s are not foreign in cases of domestic abuse. Data shows that more than half of women murdered with guns in the United States are killed by intimate partners, and more than half of mass shootings are acts of domestic or family violence. A 2010 report by...
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