Twenty-one years ago, two seniors at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., shot and killed 12 fellow students and a teacher. Three months later, a gunman murdered his wife and children and then attacked two day-trading firms in the Atlanta suburbs, killing a dozen more people.
The eerie echoes of those back-to-back assaults have reverberated in the past 10 days, when a man attacked several spas around Atlanta, leaving eight people dead, six of whom were Asian women. Just a few days later, a man entered a grocery store in Boulder, Colo., less than an hour’s drive from Columbine, and allegedly killed 10 people.
As the coronavirus pandemic begins to come under control in the United States, the very different and uniquely American epidemic of gun violence is starting to rear its ugly head again. The vectors of transmission have spread to all corners of the nation, but many of the worst cases still have their roots in the attack on Columbine, a word that is now synonymous with mass shootings that have claimed so many lives in the intervening two decades…
Author: Reid Wilson
Source: The Hill