Kelli Dunaway was part of an all-female voting bloc that made it illegal for abusers to carry concealed weapons in St. Louis County.
The United States has a gun violence crisis and a proud gun culture, a powerful firearms industry and a potent movement to reduce shootings. But regular Americans are affected by guns in profound ways that can be hard to categorize. These are their stories.
"Looking back, I can’t believe how easily the abuse kind of became normal for me," says Michelle Jankowski.
By Ann Givens
Gun Violence Left a Mark on His Childhood. He Says People Like Him Should Lead Efforts to Reduce It.
The shooting of a friend forced Marco Vargas to acknowledge his own gun-related trauma — and to start training other young activists in South Central LA.
Armed with an AR-15, He Escorted a Black Lawmaker. Now He’s Pushing His City to Confront Its Racism.
Michael Lynn Jr. made national news when he guarded Michigan state Representative Sarah Anthony during shutdown protests. At home in Lansing, he questions the double standard applied to Black gun owners.
He’s a Doctor Who Never Felt Drawn to Politics. Treating Shooting Victims and Coronavirus Patients Changed That.
Brian Williams relocated to Chicago to focus his work on gun violence victims. Now he spends half his time treating coronavirus patients, while grappling with the role that race plays in both crises.
The surge in firearm sales has posed new challenges for Michael Cargill, a gun store owner and safety advocate who tries to screen each new buyer.
Even in small-town Ohio, keeping students safe requires constant vigilance — and special attention to the risks posed by firearms.
“There’s just so much less forethought to pulling a trigger.”