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In honor of @MomsDemand & @Everytown’s Gun Violence Survivor Week, I am sharing my #MomentsThatSurvive story publicly for the first time. While I was trying to break up with a man, he grabbed me and pressed a gun to the back of my head. 1/6
He asked, “do you think it’s loaded or not?” He let out a low laugh, and then pulled the trigger. I heard a click. He immediately said “what the f*ck”, obviously perplexed as to why the gun didn’t fire. 2/6
In his shock, he loosened his grip on me and I was able to breakaway from him to run out the door. I left a jean jacket behind that I wore so often people associated me with it. People I barely knew recognized the pins on my jacket before they recognized me. 3/6
I finally bought a replacement and can’t wear it. I try and immediately take it off. His laugh haunts me. My heart races in crowds when someone is too close to my back, but my trauma is broken wide open when I hear a laugh like his. 4/6
It stops me in my tracks. I can taste adrenaline and I shake. Every time I hear that sound, my body betrays me and reacts whether I want it to or not. Laughter should be enjoyable, for me it can make me physically sick. 5/6
He bought his gun without a background check at a gun show. By passing #HR8, we can keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and stop this from happening to others. It’s time to #UpdateBackgroundChecks and #HonorWithAction. 6/6
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