Daniel brought joy to the lives he touched. He was shy, gentle, and loving. And although he was just 15, he saw the danger in allowing people to buy deadly weapons with no questions asked. He even brought the topic up himself after school one day.
But just two weeks later, Daniel was shot and killed by a gun obtained through one of those loopholes. He died along with eleven of his classmates and a teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999.
Seventeen years later, I still wear the shoes he had on that day.
Daniel was a living spirit who brought joy to the lives he touched. Driven by that spirit, we succeeded in expanding Brady background checks in Colorado. Now we owe it to Daniel — and the 90 Americans shot and killed every single day in this country — to expand those checks to ALL gun sales in America, to make it harder for dangerous people to get their hands on guns.