Via OFA email:
My son, Daniel, was a smart, quiet kid.
He’d just become a straight-A student, and he was overcoming his shyness as a new member of the debate team.
On April 20th, 1999, my beautiful and bright 15-year-old son was killed by two teenagers with guns in the library of Columbine High School — one of 12 innocent kids who lost their lives for no reason at all.
It’s been 14 years since that horrible day — 14 years of fighting so no family has to grieve like ours did.
These tragedies keep happening, and so far, Congress has failed to take common-sense action to stop them — even though nine in 10 Americans have agreed that it’s time to act by expanding background checks to close the loopholes that put guns in the hands of dangerous people.
This Wednesday, OFA and allied organizations are standing up for a national Day of Action to ask members of Congress: What will it take to finally act to prevent gun violence?
The last questions you ever want to hear as a parent are: “What was your child wearing, and do you have any dental records?”
That’s what the police asked me the evening of the shooting at Columbine High, as they tried to establish who had been killed.
It was the most hopeless I’d ever felt.
Since Daniel’s death, I’ve found a way to honor him: by trying to prevent other families from feeling this pain. I’ve advocated locally and nationally for smarter gun laws — even helping achieve a statewide ballot victory here in Colorado. [...]
That’s why this week, we’re asking: How many parents will have to go through what I did before we say “enough”?
You should be a part of this, too. Tell Congress you’re going to keep asking until they act:
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