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Parkland, Florida 17 dead, Las Vegas, Nevada 58 dead, Orlando, Florida 49 dead, Blacksburg, Virginia 32 dead, Sutherland Springs, Texas 26 dead, Newtown, Connecticut (Sandy Hook Elementary) 26 dead and the list continues…

From the statistics above anyone can see that gun culture is prominent in urban areas as well as rural towns, no US area is exempt. Besides violence: guns are instruments for protection, hunting, hobby, and in some areas owning and managing a gun is a tradition and even considered a rite of passage. Considering the gamut of reasons for owning a gun, it is no wonder gun laws are a jumble of restrictions that can be ineffective for both extremes: to protect the lives of innocent citizens and to protect the rights of the citizens. Throw in the factor that most gun law legislation has not changed for years then it is no surprise that the resulting statistics of those killed and injured by guns is ever-increasing. Polarization is eminent – should something be done and what should be done?

Listed below are three more must reads to lend clarity to the need for stricter gun laws.

Sue Klebold’s “A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy

A memoir, that digs deep into the psyche of a mother whose 17-year-old child, Dylan Klebold, was one of the young men that walked into Columbine High School and would kill 12 students, a teacher and wounding 24 others before taking their own lives. It is the story of a mother’s journey through grief and shame while trying to understand what she could have done to prevent the Columbine tragedy.

Gin Phillips’s “Fierce Kingdom

A thrilling story of what should have been the end of a perfect day at the zoo, but became a nightmare of running and hiding in terror as a gunman hunts for more victims. The novel demonstrates the primal instinct to protect our young and our duty to protect one another.

Wally Lamb’s “The Hour I First Believed

While trying to flee the effects of tragedy and fear Maureen, a survivor of the Columbine High School shooting, must battle for her sanity as she tries to grapple with the aftermath of chaos from violence. This is a fictional account about putting things right.

Check back next month for more books on this topic from authors Adam Winkler, Lee K. Abbott, and Craig Whitney.