Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

I Hate Guns

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

I Hate Guns

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On Feb. 14, 1964, my friend, Laurie Beth Cox, was murdered.

Her mother, just released from a mental institution, walked to the Montgomery Ward in Falls Church, Va., and bought a gun. One by one, she pulled the trigger.

Laurie, 11. Bang.

Danny, 14. Bang.

Joel, 2. Bang.

Timothy, 4 months. Bang.

Then Mrs. Cox killed herself. Bang.

Laurie's hair was golden red. She had freckles and a big grin.

I hate guns.

To pay for college I worked at a restaurant. One night, toward closing time, I realized the whole place had emptied out. What?

I went toward the back and saw bodies on the floor. A man who'd been my customer put the barrel of a .45 against my forehead. He said, "Lie down."

I couldn't. I knew lying down would be my death. …

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