Miranda's Story

My name is Miranda Hammonds, and I am 16 years old. When I was seven years old, Gabrielle Giffords and 18 other people were shot in Tucson. Although I was young, and I didn’t fully understand, I saw the effect it had on my mother. Since that day in 2011, my world slowly began to change. Another event that I remember well was the shooting at the Pulse nightclub. This time, I was older and I understood the severity. I felt scared and uncertain, not only for myself but for the people who lost their friends and family as well as my friends within the LGBTQ community. Since then, I started to fear going to school. What if we walked in one day and some of us didn’t walk out? The democratic party had the answers and the comfort that I needed. Our goal to make public places more secure by enacting safer gun laws was and still is one of the most appealing things to me. I want you to consider the people who have died in malls, movie theatres and even Walmarts... we shouldn’t have to fear for our lives doing simple things. We have to do something more, and it has to happen now.

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