I photographed Clai Lasher-Sommers, a gun violence and domestic violence survivor, years ago as part of the It Takes Us project. This weekend, she shared her story with WBUR news. Her story of survival and strength is amazing, but the circumstances that led to her injury are unfortunately not unique.
Here are 3 important take-aways that Clai’s story illustrates:
On July 30th 2019, a 19-year-old brought a semiautomatic rifle to a local Santa Clara food festival. Despite festival’s security shooting at him in “less than a minute”, according to a witness, the gunman ended the lives of 3 people, including 2 children.
The military-style semiautomatic rifle used was purchased legally in Nevada on July 9th. (Los Angeles Times)
Ever been cut in line getting your morning coffee? Got a parking ticket even though you were only stopping for a minute? I have, and it made me temporarily “unhappy and annoyed”, or disgruntled (Merriam-Webster).