July 9th is always a tough day for our family.
It’s my mother’s birthday. We tragically lost her 28 years ago to gun violence. It took me a long time to deal with my loss. I struggled emotionally and struggled with how I could prevent this from happening to others. I am so thankful for my aunt Joan Peterson who has been at the forefront of this issue from the time of my mom’s death.
I finally had an opportunity as a state representative to play a small role in moving the conversation forward. Poor mental health, an abundance of guns, easy access, and a propensity to take violent action are just a few of the many causes resulting in gun violence.
I’m glad I had the opportunity to talk to Lori Sturdevant of the Star Tribune as to why I decided to get politically involved in this issue. She helped me on this path that’s an evolution for some, and revolution for others.
Wishing everyone, now more than ever, some peace and understanding, and a reminder of the sanctity of life.
Happy birthday Mom, you will always be in our heart, and my soul.
Story from the Startribune below: