North Carolina mother, retired teacher shares tragedy to push for stronger gun safety laws

North Carolina mother, retired teacher shares tragedy to push for stronger gun safety laws

For Susan Browder, 2012 was a a life-changing year. Susan Browder and her daughter Sarah. In September her daughter, Sarah, was killed by her husband. He shot her twice with a handgun he kept in their Davie County home — once in the shoulder and once through the spine. He then turned the gun on himself. Though he died instantly, Sarah survived for four more days in a hospital ICU — a period of shock and numbness for her family that they barely remember. Then, in December, came the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. A 20-year old young man shot and killed 20 children and six staff members before he, too, committed suicide with a gun. For Browder, whose roles as mother, grandmother and retired teacher defined her life, the two tragedies were devastating. But slowly, as she educated herself about gun violence through her grief, they became inspiring. “It was an evolution where I realized I had to do something,” Browder said. Now a volunteer with North Carolina Moms Demand Action , she shares the most painful experience of her life to spotlight the need for gun safety measures — including background checks on all gun sales and red flag laws — that might have saved her daughter’s life. “I wasn’t fully aware of the overlap of domestic violence and gun violence,” Browder said. “Sarah was very much involved with this charming young Marine. He had some mental health issues, but she wasn’t afraid of […]

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