It's the story that Ms. magazine wouldn't publish: One woman set out to see what it’s like to be the ‘good guy with a gun’—and gun owners responded furiously to her.
I first got involved with gun violence prevention after the 1999 massacre at my high school, Columbine, which claimed the life of my former basketball coach Dave Sanders, along with 12 students. At his memorial service, the grief on the faces of my old teachers was horrible to see. A year later I went to the Million Mom March in Washington, D.C., and eventually became a board member of the Brady Campaign to Reduce Gun Violence.
The campaign has tried to bring some common sense into our nation's debate on gun violence: everything from asking if there's a gun where your kids play to advocating that Starbucks change its policy of allowing people to openly carry guns in its coffee shops. We protested their policy and hand-delivered a petition signed by 30,000 people in 2010.