Until recently gun violence was something terrible that happened to other people on the news. That changed May 2nd when Spencer, my handsome 24 year old nephew, a US veteran with a big heart, ended his life with one of the 5 loaded guns he kept next to his bed.
"Cayman was a really, really happy kid...There were absolutely no warning signs...my 13-year-old son took his life with a gun I hadn't thought about in years." -Farid, Cayman's father
"People have told us that if Arlyn had not taken the gun, she could have killed herself another way. It’s possible that the delay as she looked for another way would have given her mind time to move out of the suicidal trance she was in."
I can’t change the facts that my son kept a gun handy and that in a moment of despair, he methodically used it in a way that left him no second chance. What I can do as a grieving Mom is share my story in the hope of helping to save another life.
"Today, I tell all parents to ask a simple question that can help prevent unintentional shootings like the one that has changed my life: "Is there an unlocked gun in the homes where my child plays?"" Sonya Barge, Markie's Mother.
"The man who killed Ricky failed a background check because of a restraining order, but was able to buy a gun through the classifieds." Sherialyn Byrdsong, Ricky's Wife
"Guns purchased on websites like Armslist are killing too many people, including my sister Jitka." Alex Vesely, Jitka's brother