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Rick J.

Since I got out of the Army in 1987, I have lost family members to gun violence. First were my step-grandparents, who were murdered in their home during a robbery. A few years later, our family lost a female cousin due to murder. And lastly, I lost my twin brother to either suicide by a handgun or murder. Never believed a lot of the details surrounding his death. I am very tired and distraught by this nonstop violence with guns or any other means. We have an ugly culture in this country where life is not valued, laws are not respected, punishment for crimes is not strict enough or followed through. A sick culture needs healing and correction. We don’t have a gun problem, we have a culture problem. Until the culture is fixed, unfortunately, gun violence will persist and many more will die. And families will suffer.

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