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I oppose guns in public places

I did not elect my state representatives to go and legalize guns at swimming pools, playgrounds and other common public places where children need to be safe. I call on the state legislature to repeal this law and keep our public gathering places gun-free.
—SarahNC

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When I was a senior in college, I lost a friend to gun violence. We were two months from graduation, and excited about the future. Gun violence took that away from her.

My dad owns a gun, but he supports common-sense restrictions on gun ownership, like ...

—AnnaNC

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I am a mom of 3 boys, ages 3-17, and live in a relatively safe town. The increase in gun sales greatly concerns me. I participated in the Million March in 2000, and feel that we are moving in the opposite direction from what the participants of that march ...
—MarcellaVA

Teens and Guns

In the fall of 1987, a very good male friend of mine was robbed, shot and killed by two teen-aged boys and left along the railroad track. At the time he was 34 years, a very pleasant young man who was the father to three children. The news of his killing ...
—pauletteVA

A place for guns

As I enjoy many of the parks and family friendly places in the Raleigh area, I absolutely do not want to see guns in any of these places. Imagining pushing my son on a swing and looking over to see someone with a gun who is not a police officer is a very ...
—MeleaNC

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There is no intelligent reason to allow or encourage guns in the same area as children. I own a gymnastics school, and I prohibit weapons on my property.
—MicheleNC

Gun Sense is Not Nonsense!

As a Virginia resident, I have observed a marked increase in gun shots and gun violence in my area. As a disabled citizen, I find this atmosphere of heightened violence extremely disturbing! While we have a right to bear arms, we also have a right to ...
—Sharon

Too Many Deaths

My story should be the story of every wife, mother and grandmother. What has happened to our country? Is the NRA worth more than the lives of our family and friends? I must believe that it is NOT. There are far too many guns in the hands of irresponsible ...
—Sandra LNC

Outraged

I am aghast that our NC legislators have decided to enable concealed weapons in public parks and playgrounds -- and outraged that they are stripping the rights of our local communities to make their own ordinances. What public good could possibly come ...
—KatieNC

The Murder Of Ron Kirby

My husband was working at home on November 11, Veteran's Day 2013. When some person came thru the unlocked front door and shot him with a semiautomaitc gun and filled his body with multiple bullets. He was not only the love of my life but respected ...
—Anne Gray VA

Keep guns out of recreational spaces!

It is absurd that guns will be allowed throughout our state in parks, athletic fields, and buses, usurping local ordinances against them. We and our children should be able to relax and take public transportation, free of the fear of people bringing weapons ...
—KimNC

What my Dad taught me about gun ownership

As a child I remember asking, "Dad, why don't we have guns?"

His reply? "People have guns for two reasons; hunting or killing people. I don't want to do either, ever again."

My father began his life-long Army career at 17. A few months after turning ...

—StephanieNC

Just plain concerned

I served in the US Army, and through that I (and many others) developed a serious respect for the damage firearms can do.

I fear that I don't trust some of the 2nd-Amendment-righters to know enough to do the right thing with firearms. The NRA started ...

—HenryVA

single moms working for no money

Single mom with 3 on minimum wage and have to get help from the state really is no way to try and raid a family but single moms have to do what needss to be done work work work no rest and try the best to make sure the family is ok but it's hard
—EuniceMD

A-typical for a lot of single mothers.....

I have two children that I chose over education and career. The divorce made it necessary for me to go back to work and minimum wadge just doesn't cut it. No family should have to choose between food and medical care, or taking a government handout because ...
—JessicaCA

Support for Work-Life Balance like Jobshares/Flex-time/Real part time job opportunities

As a sole parent I had a choice: continue my life-consuming career and miss out on my child's entire childhood -or- be a real care-giver Mom and stay home with her. There didn't seem to be any real options in-between! So kids either grow up somewhat ...
—julia moranDC

Too many kids lost

I do not have a compelling personal story, though a friend's brother killed himself in high school with a gun, and another friend lost her leg while playing with a gun. I did not forget these kids from my childhood, nor do I want my children to be victims ...
—SaraNC

WARNING: Weapons on Carousel

According to the Children’s Defense Fund every thirty minutes a child or teen dies from a gun in America. Children here are 17 times more likely to die by gunfire than in other developed countries and firearms are the most common method of suicide among ...
—LeighNC

I am working harder than ever and we are drowning in debt!

Dear Mr President,

My name is Amanda and I am a teacher. I love what I do. I became a teacher because education saved my life in many ways. I tell my students the truth and I put in 150% each day. My husband works full-time as an arborist.

We work ...

—AmandaMA

NOT ONE MORE

I have been fortunate that my family has not been touched by the loss of a loved one by gunfire. But it breaks my heart every time I learn about another killing by guns….anywhere but particularly at schools. I really believe that gun control must ...
—Betty TN
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