How has gun violence affected your life?

How has gun violence affected your life?

Responses gathered at the The Village Voices’ recent Siren Music Festival in Coney Island
On Labor Day 2005 I lost the love of my life, my best friend and husband to a driveby. It was mistaken identity.
– Anonymous
A teacher in my community was shot by her husband. Gun availability made the heinous crime possible.
– Anonymous
I had a friend whose brother was shot and killed when he was in eighth grade because a student brought a gun to school.
– Anonymous
A college friend was shot and killed while visiting his family on spring break. He was ambushed at a stop light and killed with a gun his murderers bought on the street.
– Anonymous
My close friend’s father was murdered by an illegal gun in October 2004 on 16th and Newton St, NE, Washington.
– Mark Slattery
A popular, happy, smart kid in my high school killed himself with a shotgun he found in his house on the first day of school. No one expected it and I always wonder if it still would have happened if his father hadn’t owned that gun.
– Anonymous
I am a 44 year old rape survivor. If the gun was not present I would have had the ability to help myself better. I have worked hard to recover from this. Life is good.
– Annmarie
My cousin was playing basketball in a community tournament when he was hit in his right temple by a stray bullet. He and others died by accident.
– Anonymous

When we were 15 years old, a friend of mine took a gun from a friend’s house and shot another friend in the head accidentally. She died.
– Anonymous

I lost my brother-in-law, who was a parole officer for the city of New York. He was shot point blank. He was going in for an arrest for a parolee who was wanted for pistol whipping an 80 year old woman. He was 32.
– Anonymous

When I was in the 8th grade, a good friend accidentally shot his cousin, 2 weeks before graduation. The two were playing and one ended dead. I will never forget the boys or the feeling that overcame me to know that I had lost a friend as a result of a misplaced gun.
– Anonymous

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