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In Memory of Patrick Dale

Amanda Finley

My name is Amanda Dale Finley. I am living in East Tennessee now, but I lived in Alabama for much of my life, as a kid and young adult. I come from a middle-class family; we felt safe in a small Alabama town in 1983. My brother Patrick Dale, age 27, was murdered in that small Alabama town when he decided to give a man a ride home one night. After arriving home, this killer came out of his house holding a shotgun aimed at Pat. Forcing him to drive 60 miles into a rural area, Pat was forced out of the car, and this man blew his head off at close range with that shotgun. This killer had recently been released from the state mental institution and also had 17 previous arrests, but he still had easy access to his father’s shotgun. My family is still haunted when thinking about Patrick’s last hours, begging for his life. Moms Demand Action has provided a platform for me to attempt to convince the public we have to fix this lack of gun safety. Safe gun storage would have saved my brother that night.

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