When I was a little girl, I always noticed that my dad had two round scars on his chest. Every time I asked him about them, he would look away and say “I will tell you when you’re older.” When I got older he told me. He told me that when he was 15 years old he was hanging out in front of his house in the 6th ward of New Orleans and was shot twice in a drive by shooting.
One of the bullets went straight through him and the other remains trapped in his chest. My dad has lived for forty years with a bullet in his body. A painful reminder of that day.
There are too many stories like this in our country. I am grateful my dad was lucky enough to live through his experience, but there have been too many lives taken from us due to gun violence. There are too many families living with grief and loss and trauma.
It is too easy to get a gun in America. It has BEEN too easy to get a gun in America.
We must do better.
I am so proud that I got to stand with @toms earlier this week and tell my dad’s story for the first time (a story I have never even shared with some of my closest friends) at a rally to end gun violence together. Toms has spent the last few months traveling around the country collecting postcards written to members of Congress by Americans in every state demanding universal background checks (legislation over 90% of Americans agree on) They have also committed $5 million to support organizations and initiatives who are committed to ending gun violence including Giffords, The National Black & Brown Gun Violence Prevention Consortium, March for Our Lives, Everytown for Gun Safety and Mother’s Demand Action.
Today on the one anniversary of the #Parkland shooting, as we reflect on that terrible day, as well as the thousands of lives taken every year due to gun violence...may we all commit to doing something. A letter to your rep, a conversation with a friend or family member. It is on all of us to make America safer for each other. I love you. And I love you dad, thank you for letting me share your story.