I Wish Doctors Would Have Told Me to Keep Guns Away from My Sister.

Amanda Johnson and her sister Leslie.

My brother and I were seven and nine when our beloved baby sister, Leslie, was born. She was infinitely funny, with a lightning-quick wit. She was beautiful and artistic and quirky and rebellious. She was both big-hearted and tender-hearted and would give the shirt off her back for those in need. Despite all of the wonderful things Leslie portrayed to the outside world, privately, she was losing an epic battle with depression. While there were times when her mood swings were chalked up to … [Read more...]

Young Father Shot and Killed at Barbershop; His Grandmother Wants the World to Know it Lost a Great Man

A routine trip to the neighborhood barbershop ended the life of a young father. Sheldon Innocent wanted a trim to look nice in his upcoming family portrait—a portrait scheduled to mark the major milestone of his baby boy’s first birthday. An escaped convict burst into the barbershop and opened fire, killing Sheldon. His grandmother, Martha Fulda, is now speaking out for a life well lived, and one ended far too early. A Fateful Trip to the Barbershop Sheldon was only 24 years old. He had a … [Read more...]

Mother, Pastor, and Advocate: Kim Odom Carries on with Son’s Message of Peace After his Murder

Ron and Kim Odom attend a Congressional Subcommittee Hearing on Gun Violence on Feb. 12, 2013. Kim Odom’s son loved playing basketball with friends. After a pickup game on October 4, 2007, her beloved Steven was just steps from the safety of his living room when a gang member’s bullet ended his young life. Steven was only 13. Today, One Million Moms for Gun Control/Maryland Chapter Volunteer Erin Sharkey Gormley met Kim Odom and her husband Ron at a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on … [Read more...]

Mother of Three Recalls Mother’s Murder at Hands of her Friend: “In his pocket, the detectives found a receipt for the shotgun, which had been purchased only a few hours before he killed her.”

I wondered: “Why on earth was someone allowed to purchase a gun to kill my mother after he had already killed someone with a gun?— Stephanie Koski I was 23 years old and in medical school when I received a phone call from my dad. It was odd, because it was late at night, and I was visiting my new boyfriend. Nobody in my family knew his last name or phone number, because we had only been dating for about three weeks. I was immediately concerned. On the phone, my dad told me: “I'm sorry, honey, … [Read more...]

Mother of Twins Recalls Night Her Father was Gunned Down

For me gun violence and murder have taken a lifetime to heal. Fifteen years of wondering when the next court date would be or if my dad’s killer would be released.

I was 16 years old sitting in my living room when the television news flashed to a crime scene with my dad’s blue station wagon in the picture. The newscaster said." Two men have been shot and killed in a South Hill area home. The names of the victims have not yet been released due to notification of the kin." Little did I know when I hugged my father goodbye that morning on his way to take my disabled mother to her first day of rehab at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Washington. It … [Read more...]

Mother Recalls the Loss of her Daughter in a University Mass Shooting — And Vows to Fight for Commonsense Gun Laws

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I found out how much the gunmen in our tragedy and in the Virginia Tech tragedy had in common. Both were mentally ill and both had nevertheless purchased their firearms LEGALLY.— Mary Kay Mace My only child, my daughter Ryanne, was the youngest of the five students slain in the mass shooting at Northern Illinois University (NIU) on February 14, 2008. I remember sobbing hysterically nearly ten months earlier while watching the news coverage about the mass shooting at Virginia Tech. I don't … [Read more...]