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2016 Democratic National Convention
Speech by Erica Smegielski

July 27, 2016

Erica Smegielski's mother was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School. She gave her life to protect her students.

I should not be here tonight. I donít want to be here tonight.

I should be home like so many Americans watching on TV with my mother as we nominate the first woman to be president of the United States.

But my mom was murdered. So Iím here.

Iím here for the mothers and daughters who are planning weddings so that you get to watch your daughters walk down the aisle.

Iím here for those lives cut short in a school, in a movie theater, in a church, at work, in their neighborhoods, or homes because those voices should never be silenced.

Iím here alone without my mother while too many politicians cower behind the gun lobby instead of standing with American families.

We donít need another Charleston or San Bernardino or Dallas or countless other acts of everyday gun violence that donít make the headlines.

We donít need our teachers and principals going to work in fear.

What we need is another mother whoís willing to do whatís right, whose bravery can live up in equal measure to my momís.

What we need is to elect Hillary Clinton as the 45th president of the United States of America, so that no other daughter ever has to say, ďI would give every single day that I have left for just one more day with my mom.Ē