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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.

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Fearing COVID Chaos, Her Abuser Got a Gun. Now She’s the One Who Is Terrified.

"Looking back, I can’t believe how easily the abuse kind of became normal for me," says Michelle Jankowski.

By Ann Givens

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Ann Givens

Ann Givens has been a staff writer at The Trace since late 2016. She covers domestic violence, suicide, and solutions to gun violence. She previously worked for NBC and Newsday.