‘I feel like Daniel is walking with me’

‘I feel like Daniel is walking with me’

Gun Rights

Tom Mauser, who lost his son at Columbine, advocates for stricter gun laws Tom Mauser is the father of Daniel Mauser. He became a gun control activist after the Columbine shooting. Ask Tom Mauser about his shoes. Mauser’s son Daniel was killed at Columbine High School in 1999. In the years that followed, Mauser became an outspoken advocate for stronger gun laws. And through every event, every rally, every speech, if you look at Mauser’s feet, you’ll see the same pair of sneakers. “These are the shoes Daniel was wearing when he died,” Mauser said. “We wear the same size. This way, I feel like Daniel is walking with me.” Before Daniel’s death, Mauser said he wasn’t much of an activist. He’d write the occasional letter to the editor, he said, but Columbine threw him into the public eye. Mauser said he was haunted by a brief conversation he had with his son two weeks before he was killed. “Daniel was on the debate team, and after a conversation with his teammates, he said, ‘Dad, did you know there are loopholes in the Brady Bill?’ I blew it off and said, ‘No, Daniel, I didn’t know that.’” The bill requires background checks for gun sales. The Columbine killers obtained their guns through a friend who bought them at a gun show, according to news reports from the time, circumventing the law. “I felt I had to act,” Mauser said. A little more than a week after Daniel’s murder, Mauser […]

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