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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

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Rolling Stone: 10 powerful moments from the Congressional gun sit-in

June 23, 2016
In The News

9. An emotional Debbie Dingell: "I know what it's like to have a gun pointed at you."
As the demonstration stretched into the night, Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan took the podium to deliver a fiery and deeply personal speech about living with an unstable gun owner. (Dingell, who has pushed measures that would restrict abusers' access to guns, has spoken in the past about her father's threats and violence.)

"I lived in a house with a man that should not have had access to a gun. I know what it's like to see a gun pointed at you and wonder if you are going to live," she said. "And I know what it's like to hide in a closet and pray to God, Do not let anything happen to me. And we don't talk about it, we don't want to say that it happens in all kind of households, and we still live in a society that we will let a convicted felon who was stalking somebody, a domestic abuser, still own a gun."