The recent editorial by Miami Herald’s Leonard Pitts Jr. on the incident of the Uzi and the 9-year-old girl motivated me to personalize this disastrous story.
My sister, Lydia, now 71, has slept fitfully from her post-traumatic memory of a tragedy as a 6-year-old. Lydia came upon our father after his suicide with his spattered brain matter, and the result for her is “gun memory and pain.” She has great empathy for this little girl and her “own little girl.” She understands innocence lost.
We are outraged with the glorification of guns. How often do I have to speak about my five siblings and me left parentless because of the murder of our mother and suicide of our father on that most horrible day, Feb. 11, 1950? Gun murder/accidents can happen to any family.
I write to honor Lydia, my little sister, who has compassion, humor and has added wisdom to our family.
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I write for my beloved mother who was killed at age 33. I write for the multitudes wounded by “gun pain.” How many more before we give up stupidity?