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April 20th, 2009
05:28 PM ET

Remembering Columbine

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Jami Floyd | Bio
In Session

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of Columbine, the date on which Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold stormed their high school campus and took 15 lives, including their own. The shootings left a trail of horror, too many young victims, and shattered families that will never again know peace of mind.

It also left all of us with some tough questions to answer: Why does this continue to happen in our country, and more so than in other countries? Is it because our gun laws aren’t tough enough? Or, is it because more people aren’t armed to protect themselves? Is it a failing of our mental health system?

Why don’t we ever see these massacres coming? Colin Ferguson; Virginia Tech; and just this month, Binghamton, New York.

Maybe it’s the media. Studies are conflicted about whether violence in fiction leads to violence in reality. But it sure is a question worth asking. None of us have all the answers. But on the anniversary of Columbine, we owe it to the victims to get to the bottom of it.


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