Here are some short excerpts of interviews from the kids featured in GUNSTORIES:
“You know, getting shot, it’s just something I’ll never forget. After that happened, I wasn’t the same person…… I was very scared about who I was around, thinking there were people that were going to put me in danger. It changed my life a lot.”
“A gun took away my mom. ….You can have physical pain and you can do something to make it go away. But once a bullet hits, and the person is gone, there is nothing you can do about it. And you know what it’s like to have someone taken away from you? They say the worst pain is from a paper cut. That’s not the worst pain. The worse pain you could ever have is emotional pain. There’s no prescription drug for that.”
“So I guess I’d say guns have changed my life politically, I mean, we have obligations to stand up for our rights. Not just about guns, but in everything. I think there’s a lot more credibility to the pro-gun side than there is to the anti-gun side because we’re standing up for something that’s written clearly within the Constitution, while the anti-gun side is trying to slowly change the meaning of that.”
Yeah, growing up with a pro-gun mom or a pro-gun dad,…it’s definitely made my life different….. Growing up with an anti- gun mom or dad is pretty bad because you don’t get to hear the second side of the story. You don’t get to hear why guns are good, just all the bad stuff about guns. I’m just like Maggie, if I had Million Mommer mom, then I’d probably be anti-gun. And my mom teaches us about guns and how to clean them. She speaks at rallies and …I would definitely say I’m proud of my mother trying to preserve the Second Amendment.
“One difference that I see from when I was growing up is, if you had a problem, you knuckled up and put your gun on the cement and went at it. It was more of a respect thing. But now, it’s shoot first ask questions later. Kids really don’t know the damage that guns can do. If they get a chance to see that you don’t get back up after you get shot, then I think they start to understand....“Another thing about guns, it’s a fad. Like everybody wants Michael Jordan shoes. Every kid that wants to have that power. They think, “Ooh I got a gun. I’ll get this girl over here. I’ll get a little more respect.” But kids don’t know what they’re doing. And like Gil says, once you shoot the gun and it goes off, you’re in a whole different ball game.”
“I’m assuming that the kids reading this will know these stories are real. The stories come from hurtful backgrounds. And as powerful as guns might seem, they’re not so powerful when you lose someone you love and when you have to do time. I would hope from reading these experiences, they would learn that guns aren’t toys and that guns can impact your life. It should not be the way for you to go and change your life. Why go through that route. Why would you want a gun to change your life? “