According to Valenti, her daughter five-years-old daughter Layla looked at a picture of Martin Luther King, Jr that hangs in her room and asked, "How did he die?"
Valenti told her that he was killed by a man with a gun. "And that’s when she asked, shocked, if guns existed “in real life,”" and then asked why guns were "allowed."
"The truth is that I resent that I have to tell my daughter anything about guns," Valenti laments. She further asks how she can explain that "we live in a nation where people’s right to own a weapon that kills trumps her right to safety and a life free from fear?"
In the end, "My husband and I did the best we could that night explaining that guns were, in fact, real, and that despite the fact that they are dangerous some people still own them."
According to Valenti, this all happened the night before the shooting at Umpqua Community College.