What a Mother Who Lost Her Son to Gun Violence Wants to Change

February 22, 2013 | By | Comments (0)

Make 1 Simple Change

As Kristin announced earlier this week, Real Simple launched a powerful online forum with All You, Health, and Essence magazines that simply asks: What 1 simple change would you make to help keep our kids safe in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. We want to hear from you (submit your #1simplechange)!

We also reached out to incredible voices in the community to hear what they had to say. Here, powerful words from Annette Nance-Holt, who lost her son to gun violence and co-founded Purpose Over Pain:

“No one should have to live the way some of our young people are forced to. My 16-year-old son, Blair Holt, was shot to death when a man opened fire on a bus in May 2007. But my son seemed to know in advance that something like that was going to happen: He had written a poem where he compared Chicago to Afghanistan, where he talked about me crying—how “they wouldn’t stop until they see my mother grieving.” He talked about kids on the corner selling drugs and yet not knowing what a gram was. He’d seen so many young people killed—friends of his. It’s like he knew….” Keep reading Annette’s story.


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