September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  Read and share stories to honor survivors whose loved ones died by gun suicide.

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His loving wife Diane

In honor of Mark W. Xander

Eight years ago, our family lost a lover of family, friends and life: our Mark. He was shot by our constantly angry neighbor. That individual lost his gun permit twice. And TWICE he was able to get it reinstated.

Maybe not having a permit would not have saved our Mark. That is a recurring nightmare I have. The fact that something might have stopped the gun violence that took our loved one. This is a major flaw in our legal system that I have decided to fight. It took this long because my heart is so broken.

When asked how am I my response is never, “Oh, Great.” I can only respond with being OK. None of our loved ones deserved to be taken from us in such a violent way. We need to continue to fight in their honor. We need to continue to fight so others don’t wake up every day feeling like we do.

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