On February 14, my life changed forever. I was in Room 1214 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School studying Holocaust History when bullets started flying.
Thirty-seven years ago White House Press Secretary Jim Brady was shot in the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. Jim lived with constant pain and physical challenges for 33 years before that bullet to his head ultimately took his life in 2014.
Twenty-four years ago, the first Brady background check was conducted. Like much else originally developed in the 90's, this system has undergone a drastic evolution to become what it has today.
Over 30 years ago, I started donating to the Brady. I needed to do something to stop innocent victims from being shot every year. I never thought that my life would be impacted by gun violence, but 17 years ago, my daughter, Laura, was killed in a mass shooting.