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CAROLE PRICE

PAX

Happy Mother's Day! I'd like to tell all of you about the most precious time in my life. It was April 13, 1985 at 4:21 in the afternoon. That is the day that God gave to me an angel, and that angel's name was John Joseph Price, and he was my first born son.

John brought love to my life that I never even knew existed, and it has been repeated twice with the birth of my two other children, Michael and Carla. I remember John's big brown eyes, his beautiful smile, his gentle touch, and I remember the way he used to hold my hand and say, "I love you, Mom." John was a friend to all, and a truly wonderful person. God blessed me with his presence for thirteen years.

On August 20, 1998, John was accidentally shot and killed while he played video games at our neighbor's home. A nine year-old child went up to a bedroom, and he gained access to a 9mm Ruger handgun, placed it to my son's head, and with one accidental shot, John lost his life.

Whenever my children went to people's homes, I always asked questions. Questions like, Do you have permission to be in the home? Are their parent's there? What is the rating of the movie that you want to watch? But not once, not once did I ask, "Do you have guns in the home?" This question will continue to haunt me for the rest of my life. If I had asked that question, "Do you have guns in the home?" John could still be living today.

I am a proud supporter of the ASK Campaign from the PAX group, who is one of the biggest and main supporters of today's events. ASK saves kids lives. Every day twelve mothers will get a phone call or a knock on the door telling them that their child has died. And every night twelve mothers will cry themselves to sleep, because their child's life has been taken forever because of the handgun. There will be no more little league games, no more school plays, and no more family dinners. There will only be memories left. We the parents of these children are here to say no more! We will not bury, not one more of our children because of the accessibility to firearms in this country!

I am honored today to be a part of the biggest demonstration for gun safety in the history of this country. And I am calling on Congress about the urgent need for common sense gun legislation. I am no longer asking congress to do something about it. I am no longer waiting for Congress to do something about it. I am here today to tell Congress. You will do something about it, or we will do something about Congress in November!

I have challenged Governor Bush and Vice President Gore with a personal letter to stop the senseless killing of our youth. We, the parents of these children, will decide the next President of the United States.

I'd like to thank all of you for being here. Your presence truly honors my entire family and my son, John. But I would like to say to all the mothers and the fathers here today who have lost your sons and daughters, I feel your pain, and I will be the voice that our children no longer have. I will fight not only in the memory of my son, John, but I will fight for the memory of all of your children. John, boy - this is for you, baby!

Again, I'd like to thank all of you for being here today and please, please remember, ask if there are weapons in the homes that your children frequent. Do not feel that it is a difficult question, because I will tell you, personally, it is more difficult to pick out your child's casket and headstone. Ask if there are weapons in the home.











 

 




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