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Jun 2, 2016 14 tweets 4 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
5 yrs ago at a meeting w/my constituents in Tucson, AZ, a troubled young man opened fire, injuring 12 & killing 6. I was shot in the head.
When I was shot, the bullet tore through the left side of my brain, an injury that is almost always fatal. Somehow, I survived.
Today, speaking is hard for me. My eyesight isn’t very good. My right arm & right leg remain mostly paralyzed.…
I’m using my second chance at service to make our country safer from gun violence. #WearOrange…
Gun violence is a national crisis—one that claims nearly 91 American lives every day, including 7 children & teens.…
Our gun murder rate is 25X higher than other countries like ours. #WearOrange
Women are 11x more likely to be murdered with a gun here than in our peer countries. As a country, that is not how we want to stand out.
One reason for our gun violence crisis? We have bad laws that make it too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on guns. #WearOrange
On preventing gun tragedies, inaction in Congress and in statehouses around our country is an evil. The status quo is an enemy. #WearOrange
Outside of the halls of Congress, people aren’t falling back on the same tired excuses. They’re doing what it takes to make us safer.
We can’t prevent every gun tragedy, but that’s no excuse for failing to try to prevent some of them. #WearOrange…
Together, we are taking on the gun lobby in states across our country. #WearOrange
So today, on Nat. Gun Violence Awareness Day, let’s stand together and, through action, honor the innocent Americans taken by gun violence.
Let's make sure every candidate knows that today is Gun Violence Awareness Day, & this Nov. will be the Gun Violence Awareness Election.

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Feb 15, 2018
The accounts from today's school shooting in Parkland, Florida strike fear into all Americans. Is it safe to send our kids to school? Are we safe in our homes and communities?
But our fear cannot compare to what our innocent children felt as the gunshots rang out, bullets flew through the halls of their school, and their teachers and classmates were gunned down.
Even in our grief, we must summon the courage to fight against this fear. We must find the courage to imagine a country where these massacres do not occur. Our leaders must find the courage to escape the confines of their politics & pursue the moral necessity of peace & safety.
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Nov 6, 2017
The shooting in #SutherlandSprings was among the worst in U.S. history.

3 of the 5 deadliest shootings have come in the past 2 years.
This trend is tragic. It's horrifying. It is NOT normal. And we need your help to do something about it.
If you agree that thoughts and prayers are not enough to stop this senseless violence, add your name and join us:
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