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Want to help prevent school shootings? Build safer campuses.
Want to help prevent school shootings? Build safer campuses.

We have all lived through tragic moments in history that have impacted our lives, consciously or subconsciously. My mother was the one who explained this concept to me, saying she never forgot exactly what she was doing when she learned that JFK had been shot. It was an instance of tragedy and shock that stays frozen in time for her, and makes even the smallest occurrences of the day seem monumental. There have been collective tragedies like that in my life as well, but perhaps none more poignant than the barrage of school shootings we’ve seen in recent years. For me, the 1999 Columbine school shooting stands out in what has become a grotesque epidemic of gun violence within...

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