Letter to the editor: Gun violence all too real

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Gun violence all too real

I am a mother of young children here in Parker. Since moving to this community five years ago, I have experienced numerous reminders of the ways gun violence impacts our local community. I was disappointed to hear that our county commissioners voted against recognizing National Gun Violence Survivors week.

I used to believe that only those who had literally been attacked with a gun were gun violence survivors. For years I struggled to understand my own feelings after my high school was the scene of a fatal shooting, after my community was ripped apart by gun violence and recently, after I lost a dear friend to an accidental shooting by her young son. Now I know that across America every year 3 million children experience gun violence and 58% of adults or someone they care for have experienced gun violence in their lifetime with lasting effects. In 2019, our Douglas County school children were affected when schools were shut down across the state to protect them from a potential threat and then again during the STEM shooting.

Every year we lose more than 36,000 Americans to gun violence in our country. Their stories deserve to be told, their loved ones deserve to have room to grieve and remember their loss. We need Douglas County commissioners who listen to their constituents, acknowledge the trauma of gun violence in our own community and understand the need for our community to heal from our gun violence experiences.

Lyndsey Quist 

Parker

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