Erica Smegielski doesn’t want the national conversation about gun violence to focus on her story. A white woman from the suburbs whose mother was killed in a mass shooting, she thinks she’s in the minority of Americans affected by fatal shootings. Mass shootings represent a small share of total U.S. firearm homicides: Fewer than 1 percent of gun murder victims recorded by the FBI in 2012 were killed in mass shootings or incidents with four or more victims, according to analysis by Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun violence prevention group and Smegielski’s employer. Smegielski’s mother, Dawn Hochsprung , was one of the six adults killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012. The gunman also shot and killed 20 first-graders. In an interview with Newsweek on Wednesday, hours before she would address the country onstage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Smegielski described how the shooting changed her. In the wake of her mother’s death, Smegielski says she watched, admired and was inspired by Hillary Clinton, who this week became the Democratic Party’s official 2016 candidate . She first met the former secretary of state as a panelist at an… Read full this story
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