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Keeping Our Babies Safe

June 12, 2013
I vividly remember the day my son was born, almost 24 years ago. A fleeting, but frightening thought seeped into my hopes and dreams for my beautiful baby boy—“How will I keep you safe from going to war?” The Vietnam War, with images of killing fields and the gruesome draft was the reality of my...
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Sacrificing Children for the Love of Guns

June 12, 2013
Look at this picture, part of several released by the New Orleans Police Department on May 13. Is that a small child running alone from the shooter ? So young, so small, and already he's had to learn to escape a bullet. The man is aiming a gun into a crowd attending a New Orleans Mother's Day...
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We Won't Stop Fighting to Demand Action

June 12, 2013
Credit: Demand Action Earlier this year, my company’s blogger network, The Mission List , worked with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s organization, Demand Action , to raise greater awareness about issues of gun violence in America and to urge our friends and representatives to act. Despite the...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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