11 December 2017 Savannah, GA, USA

Why I go so hard for gun control

The Low Country Socialite, Kirsten Jackson, Gun Violence, Gun Control, Southern Stamped Jewelry Company


The holidays is always a hard time for my family.  Our family is small, so this time of year always reminds us of the people that we've lost.  It's hard to be festive when you're going through a grieving process that feels like it’ll never end.  My father's birthday is on New Year's Eve and it's been 11 years since we lost him to a simple act of senseless gun violence.  It still hurts like it happened yesterday.

A little back story:  My family was basically like the TV family the Huxtables.  My mom was an educator who taught school for over 30 years and my father was an engineer and conductor for the railroad.  Good family, good jobs, good kids & good values.  Random gun violence was the last thing that we ever thought would touch our family.  My father was killed during a robbery at a friend's house during a game of cards.  A simple activity that lots of guys like to get together and do.  We never thought that something like this would happen to our family.  We didn't live in a bad neighborhood and he wasn't playing cards in a bad area.  We weren't affiliated with drugs or gangs or people who would be considered “thugs”.  It was a matter of being in the wrong place, at the wrong time and being the wrong person in front of a gun.  My father's death is one of the main reasons why I'm absolutely terrified of guns and I strongly support causes that want to make gun laws tougher.  A lot of people mistakenly think that I’m against guns period and I’m actually not.  If you feel that the best way to protect your home is to have a firearm, you obtained it through legal means and you know how to use it, then you're definitely well within your right to own one.  I do however feel that it should not be so easy to purchase a gun- especially multiple guns.  I feel that if a gun is something that you truly feel you need to have, then it should be no problem for you do what it takes to own one legally- even if it is more inconvenient for you.  Whenever I share these thoughts on social media, I am bombarded by people who claim that people are going to get guns no matter what from the so-called “Black Market”. 

Yes, I am aware that there is an underground network where you can illegally obtain guns.  But, when you think of the mass shootings that have been all over the news for decades, those guns were more often than not, purchased legally and through loose measures.  Even though the gun that killed my father was unregistered and most likely obtained through this “black market”, I connect with victims of shootings like Sandy Hook and Las Vegas because I know how it feels to have unexpected, senseless gun violence creep into your family  out of nowhere and change things overnight.  It makes a loved one's death so puzzling on top of the already expected grief because they died in a way that was so different from how they lived. It's why I was always support gun violence causes and always fight for gun control.


The Low Country Socialite, Kirsten Jackson, Gun Violence, Gun Control, Southern Stamped Jewelry Company

My father was truly a unique individual and he loved his family so much. You was always the jokester at every party and people loved him for it.  Through his actions, he taught me not to let life bother me too much.  Be serious when it counts but don't take life too seriously.  Laugh, have fun and make others have fun too.  That's why when Southern Stamped Jewelry Co. reached out to me and offered to do a memorial piece to honor my father, I knew the exact quote that I wanted to use.


“My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”   
Clarence Budington Kelland

 Southern Stamped Jewelry Co. Put together this beautiful bracelet for me with this quote and a few charms that represented some of my father’s favorite things which was playing cards, the railroad and even his birthstone (December).  I was so delighted to receive my bracelet in the mail.  He would have been so proud.  Now, I have a beautiful piece of jewelry to look down at everyday and remind me of what an incredible individual my father was.  I know it’s special because the company’s creator Alison, started the after losing her own father too, as a way to comfort others who had lost loved ones.      

The Low Country Socialite, Kirsten Jackson, Gun Violence, Gun Control, Southern Stamped Jewelry CompanyThe Low Country Socialite, Kirsten Jackson, Gun Violence, Gun Control, Southern Stamped Jewelry Company


“We hear so many of your stories, and we cry with you and rejoice with you when you share your heart with us.  We have the privilege of seeing the strength and grace with which so many of you carry on after losing someone precious in your life.  We are honored to create jewelry that helps you carry those loved ones close to your heart. We love creating custom orders as gifts to someone special as well.  The thoughtfulness and affection that is put into designing each piece shines through, and makes a one of a kind treasure.  Thank you so very much for allowing us to be a part of your lives and helping you not only tell your story, but wear your story.”


Southern Stamped Jewelry Co. has a beautiful collection of handmade jewelry that can be purchased for any occasion with TONS of customization options.  Check out their web page and get started on your next beautiful piece of jewelry with heartfelt meaning.


The Low Country Socialite, Kirsten Jackson, Gun Violence, Gun Control, Southern Stamped Jewelry Company

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The Low Country Socialite, Kirsten Jackson, Gun Violence, Gun Control, Southern Stamped Jewelry Company 

  http://bit.ly/TLCSGunViolence  *This post is sponsored by Southern Stamped Jewelry Co.  No monetary compensation was received- only product for review.  All opinions are my own.




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10 comments

  1. I am sorry about your father and I love the photo of him. I understand your feelings on gun control behind that. Christmas day will make 1 year since my brother died and we are still grieving so hard. I love the idea of having jewelry to represent him until I can get a tattoo done in his honor. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I know it is so hard. I'm praying for you and your family. A tattoo would be a grat way to honor your bro! Thanks for stopping by, Dani!

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  2. Whew, that was one heck of a post to read this morning, and I'm glad, because it made me THINK. I am also grieving a parent (mom Sept 2013) and I love the many things (like jewelry or other mementos) that have kept her memory alive over the years. Lots of love to you and your family!

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    1. Yes, I kept putting this post off for the longest time. It was hard to write and I still didn't really go into great detail about how this impacted my life and my mom's life. I'll be praying for your and your family this holiday season. I know it's hard. Thanks for stopping by Natalie!

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  3. My heart goes out to you. Beautiful bracelet. It's a great reminder that he's with you always.

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    1. Thank you so much. It's definitely a piece that I will treasure. Thanks for stopping by Yokasta!

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  4. What a powerful share. It cannot have been easy for you to open up about this. Losing a father is hard enough, as I speak from my own experience, but to have it have happened in such a senseless way - I cannot imagine the heavy pain and fears that brings forth. :(

    What a beautiful bracelet. I will definitely have to look into their site. <3

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    1. Yeah, writing this post was tough but find of feeling in a way. I'm sure losing your father was tough. It hurts no matter how it happens. I'll be praying for you and your family this holiday season. Thanks for stopping by Andrea!

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  5. We go hard for gun control in my house too! I'm so sorry for your loss.

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    1. Awesome! Love it! Thanks for stopping by Bianca!

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