One year ago today, I woke up the same way millions of Americans did that morning: to a notification on my iPhone. As it was for so many, that morning was one I will never forget.
My nephew was many things: a beloved member of our family; a veteran; a gun owner. And a little over a year ago, he used one of those guns to take his life – the tragic consequence of his mental illness.
The shooter approached and put his gun to my head, demanding my purse. Lying under that truck, I gave him the purse, opened my eyes, and said, "Please don't do this."
I don't remember what was on the radio that night, but I do remember when they cut in on the regular programming with breaking news from Colorado. There had been a school shooting in the town of Littleton and the scene was chaotic.
Yesterday, North Park Elementary School students said goodbye to their parents and filed into their classrooms for the first time since 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez and his teacher were gunned down in their classroom.
So many of us found common ground recently at the Women's March. Now that the march is over we don’t have to go looking for common ground, we know where it is, gun violence prevention.