My name is Leroy. I would like to share an experience with you.
I listened to my mother wail for months. Her sister was killed months prior to this tragedy in a car accident, and now this. Her child and my brother, Joseph Spann, was charged, tried and convicted of homicide when I was 13 years old. On the day he pulled the trigger, killing the clerk of a neighborhood gas station, I lost my hero; overnight he became a statistic. On the same night, someone from the family of the clerk Joseph shot lost their hero. He became one of 30,000 people killed by guns every year in the United States of America. 30,000 lives, heroes, taken in the heat of the moment- in the blink of an eye. My brother was a teenager and made a mistake that shook the foundation of my entire family. He had no business carrying a gun.
For the rest of 7th grade I suffered from migraine headaches. I would regularly struggle through the day until I vomited and would have to go home. It was like a daily nightmare. The “respect” I was given by my peers gives perspective to how deep our problem with guns is.
In my lifetime there has never been an opportunity for Minnesota to address the recklessness, and disastrous affect of our gun culture. It was politically impossible, until now! Right now is our time to take back our Capitol from the interest and monetary influence of the firearms industry. NRA lobbyists and gun manufactures are on their heels and responding to Minnesota’s first attempt in decades to pass reasonable gun violence prevention policy.
We will be holding a rally at the capitol on President’s Day, this Monday, February 18th. Can you join us in this critical moment? RSVP here
Right now we need Minnesotans more than ever. We have the chance to show our young people we care and to shape the future of Minnesota; a chance that apparently comes once in a life time.
Leroy Lionel Duncan