“The trauma associated with being shot and surviving, is something that’s with you the rest of your life; not just physically but emotionally,” says Congresswoman Jackie Speier.

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A survivor of gun violence, Speier was working as a 28-year-old congressional aide to U.S. Representative Leo Ryan in 1978, when she was shot five times during a trip to Jonestown in Guyana. Representative Ryan and four others were killed during that same attack on an airstrip near the Peoples Temple Agriculture Project settlement founded by cult leader Jim Jones.

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A proponent of “common sense” gun laws, Speier says, “We are one of the most violent countries in the world, and we don’t have to be.”

Watch the video above to learn about some of the legislation she’s been working on. Then, tune in to Wednesday’s Dr. Phil to hear more about the Congresswoman’s experience at Jonestown.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier is the author of “Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back.”

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