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Peggy — a Daughter, Sister, Mother

In memory of Peggy Jean (Haney) Chandler

I never really had an opinion on gun ownership or the effects. There’s so many arguments, pros and cons…. But I know that December 16, 2013, a gun took away my parent’s daughter, my sibling’s sister, my son’s aunt, my nieces and nephew’s mother.

A tragic week already — our grandmother passed away naturally on the 14th, but two days later, Peggy at 38 years young and beautiful, with so much more to have given the world, ended her life with a gun. Our family now shows the effect a gun had not only on one life but a never-ending effect on a whole family. I never would have really understood what that a horrible effect this could cause. It is terribly devastating. To anyone affected by any way of gun violence: I’m sorry and hope your days are at some point bearable, but you never are fully healed, nor is my family. Thank you for taking the time to read my story (Peggy’s), and I hope this helps people to see how one cause had do big an effect on so many lives.

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