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Book details
  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:Personal Memoirs
  • Language:English
  • Pages:224

The Unthinkable

Life, Loss, and a Mother's Mission to Ban Illegal Guns

by Lois A. Schaffer

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Overview
In 2008, a daughter talking to her mother on a long-distance call hears cracks, and the phone goes dead. Later her seventeen-year-old brother returns from school and finds their mother murdered. She had interrupted seventeen-year-old burglars who shot her multiple times. Now from the perspective of time and reflection, Lois Schaffer creates a memoir about her daughter’s life and the consequences of her death and voices a mother’s plea for control of illegal guns.
Description
In 2008, a daughter talking to her mother on a long-distance call hears cracks, and the phone goes dead. Later her seventeen-year-old brother returns from school and finds their mother murdered. She had interrupted seventeen-year-old burglars who shot her multiple times. Now from the perspective of time and reflection, Lois Schaffer creates a memoir about her daughter’s life and the consequences of her death and voices a mother’s plea for control of illegal guns.
About the author
Activist, dance enthusiast, coordinator, administrator, and grants writer for nonprofit organizations, Lois Schaffer has devoted her energies to protecting human rights. Her activism prompted her to participate in marches and rallies in support of the civil rights movement and to protest the war in Vietnam. She was actively advocating the reduction of gun violence even before her daughter’s murder. Now her energies are even more focused to honor her daughter’s memory and prevent tragedies for other families. Lois’s nonprofit, grant writing, and administrative duties included writing proposals for the Pearl Lang Dance Foundation Inc. and supporting low-income housing for seniors. Her ongoing mission to reduce gun violence has included speaking about sensible gun legislation to various local and national groups and attending press conferences, gun-control rallies, and the legislative hearings on gun control in Connecticut after the Newtown massacre. This book is indicative of her commitment and concern for others. Lois and her husband David live in Great Neck, Long Island. They have a son and six grandchildren.

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