Voices: Guns are why my family left the U.S.

USA TODAY | 7/14/2016 | Staff
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I didn't think I would ever experience feelings like I did on the morning we left Ireland last summer.

My wife clutched our 6-week-old son as I loaded our unending procession of suitcases onto the belt at Dublin airport. I could feel the sweat on my brand new shirt, but not from exertion. This was anxiety. Finally, we were about to realize the goal that was the result of three years planning.

Obstetricians - Ireland - Babies - Business - Opportunity

We are both practicing obstetricians, born and bred in Ireland, and babies are our business. We had been afforded the enviable opportunity to spend a year working in New York City at Columbia University. I was to carry out research in patient safety while my wife was completing a fellowship in fetal medicine.

Everything was in place. We had a hotel for the night of our arrival before we moved into our one-bed apartment on 89th street. We even had a nanny coming for an interview a few days later.

Year - Times - Experience - Buzz - City

The past year has been the most invigorating, thrilling and, at times, difficult experience for both of us. We have loved the buzz of the city, people’s brash attitude and the feeling that you are a real New Yorker. Even the extremes in the weather have been new and exciting.

Many times we have considered a life here. We would undoubtedly have financial and academic opportunities superior to those in Ireland. Our son and any children we are lucky enough to welcome in the future would grow up as Americans. They would be part of a diverse society and have educational, employment and earning opportunities seldom seen in Europe.

Potential - Lives - People - Parents - Generation

They would have the potential for lives that Irish people of my parents’ generation could only have dreamed.

The decision to return to Ireland at the end of our contracts was a close call on all...
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