October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Read and share stories to honor survivors whose lives have been changed by domestic violence.

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My beautiful 25-year-old sister Debby used a handgun to end her life in 1971. I was 19 at the time. The gun belonged to her husband of only seven months, who needed it for his second job as a security guard. I believe he should have chosen to store the gun at his workplace rather than at home because Debby did not want the gun in the house and refused his attempts to teach her how to use it. We do not understand why she shot herself. This devastating loss almost destroyed my father’s mental health, and even today I consider the worst experience of my life. No one should have to go through this experience. Guns should have fingerprint technology, which has been developed, so that they cannot be used by just anyone who picks them up.

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