This article originally appeared in Newsweek.

I’m a former U.S. Navy SEAL sniper who served in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Iraq. On my last tour in the SEAL Teams, I managed the Naval Special Warfare Sniper course as a 28 year-old. I’ve fired hundreds of thousands of rounds in training and have been a gun owner. I also believe we need to address gun violence in America, especially against kids.

As a father myself it’s terrible to think about my kids having to deal with a school shooting. I was sick to my stomach when I sent them bulletproof backpack inserts to shield themselves in case some crazy person came to school with a gun.

I also recognize there are legitimate concerns on both sides of the gun debate, and these should be part of the conversation.