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Cole

In memory of Cole Clark

On May 15, 2017, my son Cole was put down for a nap in the master bedroom of his babysitter’s, although he was only supposed to nap or play in the spare bedroom.

He found a loaded, unlocked handgun and fatally shot himself. He had just turned four.

We celebrated Cole’s fifth and sixth birthdays at the cemetery.

A car or bedside gun safe gives you instant access to your firearm without allowing anyone else access. This style of safe costs from $100 to 200. If everyone who has a gun for protection at night or in their car used this type of safe, we could save children like Cole.

Cole, I pray you’re looking down on me and that I am making you proud. I miss you more than words could ever say. Today my heart breaks a little more, as you are heavy on my mind. I just miss your smile lighting up the room. I love you so so much Cole.

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