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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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Losing a Child to Gun Violence Changes Everything

June 12, 2013
On November 28, 2012, my life changed forever. I lost my youngest child – a son – to gun violence. He was 26-years-old, married, and had a two-year-old daughter with another little girl on the way. I don’t know all the details surrounding his death, only that he was leaving a corner store in...

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Our Brothers’ Keeper

June 12, 2013
In the third chapter of Genesis, after the proverbial “Fall” of humanity, two brothers stand in a field. Cain is a farmer—Abel, a herdsman. Both bring offerings from their labor to God, but Abel brings his first fruits, so God looks on Abel’s offering with delight. In a jealous rage Cain rises up...

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Gun Violence, Honesty, and Responsibility

June 12, 2013
We can make America safer. But first, we need an honest conversation about the unacceptable current level of gun violence; and we must acknowledge that reducing firearms injuries and deaths is our shared responsibility. Too often, our values of liberty and safety are pitted against one another...

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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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