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When I was 18 a man held a gun to my head in a parking lot at a 7-11 we were waiting for a friend to come back to the car. The older man got the gun from his passenger who we assumed was his wife. My life passed before me in a minute. It felt like hours. ...

Stuck in the middle

When my husband and I found out we were going to have a baby, we were elated. I had been diligently saving sick days, as it was my only option for paid maternity leave, since I had first started teaching, just in case. However, as is reality, things ...

Responsible gun ownership

Many years ago a friend of mine, a retired missionary, was sitting by the window of his home reading the newspaper when someone in a passing car fired a gun at him and hit him in the head. Luckily he survived and recovered. The shooter was never identified.

This ...


My experiences with guns....

Being an emergency department nurse for over 30 years, I have seen my share of "accidental" gun deaths. EVERY one of them could have been prevented! EVERY one of them was tragic, sad, and devastated all involved (family, friends, neighbors, emergency ...

Safe Again, Or Ever?

It has been difficult to raise my children in the violent society of the US. Like my two children, I grew up in the Puget Sound area of Washington State but without the "normal" sounds of gunfire that my children hear regularly. When we lived abroad for ...


I want to see sane, rational, thoughtful "people obtaining guns and explosives laws" enacted. People that are unstable or criminal should not have access to these weapons of destruction. This should also appease the NRA because "guns don't kill people, ...

A sister lost to gun violence

In 1992, my sister Barbara was shot and killed by her estranged husband during a difficult and contentious divorce. He shot my sister and her man friend with whom, after 3 years waiting for the divorce to happen, she had a relationship. It took me a long ...

Guns in MN

I believe anyone who wants to own a gun ought to be licensed. I believe background checks should be required for every license and every gun sale. I believe that gun safety classes and logged time at a shooting range should be required before obtaining ...

No responsible gun owners

Many years ago in CA, I had a brother-in-law who loved guns. He brandished a six-gun type revolver and told me to hold it. I was 5-10 ft away and said No. He said not to worry there were no bullets in the gun. I continued to say no, I was not interested. ...

Teaching Parentsand Families at Risk

I am worried about safety of the families I teach in a Family Literacy program. I am worried about the young children finding a gun accidentally shooting someone. I am worried about the families who experience domestic violence, if a gun may be just to ...

Spousal Abuse

Had a husband who legally owned guns supposedly to protect from an intruder but he threatened to kill me if I divorced him. I got away safely but too many women don't, like 6 or 7 just last year in the Twin Cities. Too many guns are at the hands of people ...

witness to violence

It was early evening, I was riding my bike to the grocery store, I saw a group of kids standing outside - all of a sudden two cars screeching to a stop, someone jumped out of the car, and shot one of the boys in his head- point blank! And sped away-- ...

Stronger Gun Laws

Mom and Dad were both hunters. Guns were part of our family life. We all had lessons on how to use them. We never shot at anything that was not for a purpose, like meat for supper.

Mom and I were both rifle team women in college.

I believe that anyone ...


Lawmakers Stand Up to Lobbyists for Our Children!

Every time I hear about gun violence I am sickened. Every time I hear about a senseless death of a child I am sickened. Every time I hear about groups like the NRA buying off politicians I am sickened.. When my first child started kindergarten last year ...

My First Job

When I was 16, I was a cashier at a discount store. My minimum wage was $1.25 an hour and time and a half on Sunday.

Today, that would equal $10.00 an hour. It is disgusting that we have to beg our legislators to even take a vote on raising the minimum ...


What to do...??

I am a 57 year old white female with a bachelor's degree, yet the only work I can get hired for is part-time jobs at minimum wage. Even with three part-time jobs, I still don't get full time hours, and I still qualify for food stamp assistance, which ...

work with low income women

I work with women who only earn minimum wage and they are the hardest working people who are raising beautiful well loved well behaved children but need the support of foodshelves and services to just survive. They deserve to earn a living wage and want ...







#ASsalamALAIKUM !!!!!! ...


A Hot time in Minneapolis

In summer, 1962 I worked for the minimum wage of 1.30/hr. I was given a raise to 1.325 after about a month. I worked standing in 110 degree heat folding sheets coming off a large commercial mangle. I worked from 7-3:30 every day. If I was 4 minutes ...


im a single mom who works full time and daycare cost what I make each week after taxes so I have family watch mysom so I can work. I get assistance because I have no other choice I work to pay rent and utilities and that takes what I have to providethe ...
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