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On December 14th, 2012, A gunman entered the Sandy Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and murdered 20 children and six adults, before killing himself. So what’s happened in the US since this horror? According to the Gun Violence Archive—a national database tracking incidents since 2013 in which four or more people (not counting the shooter) were shot generally at the same time and place—there’s been at least 1,576 mass shootings, resulting in the deaths of 1,788 people, and wounding 6,333. Just in 2017, there have been 331 mass shooting incidents. 3,094 teenagers (age 12-17)  have been killed and 694 children (age 0-11). I could share even more staggering numbers, but to be honest, I just can’t. Instead, I thought I’d share the following which I stumbled across online. If you are interested in more information, please visit:

http://www.gunviolencearchive.org

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20 children won’t have their first kiss. 20 children will not be trying to catch their first glimpse of Santa Claus this Christmas. 20 children won’t know what it feels like to graduate. 20 children won’t know how it feels to have their heart broken and become better after it. 20 children won’t go to prom. 20 children will never get married. 20 children will not be able to sneak out of bed to stay up late. 20 children won’t know what if feels like to be accepted to college. 20 children won’t know how it feels to turn 21 with their friends. 20 children will never be able to have children of their own. 20 children will never know how they made us all realize that we take life for granted.

I was unable to find out who wrote this, but I hope it makes everyone reading it think more about the gun violence epidemic in this country.