Gun control is one of the most divisive issues in the country, and Wednesday's face-off in the Senate reminded of that. But Gabrielle Gifford's new piece in Thursday's New York Times reminds us that we're human. Whether you're an activist who's been fighting for gun control for decades or a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, it's hard not to be moved by the 897 words the former Arizona congresswoman who survived a gunshot to the head published in the hours after the latest attempt at gun reform hit a wall in the Senate.
This is how it begins:
SENATORS say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets. The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them.
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