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March For Our Lives

This is the first essay in our series: The Five Forces of Gun Violence. In this series, we aim to name and explore the societal forces that give rise to gun violence through the experiences of our peers. We believe that if we can make an impact in these key areas, we can save lives and get closer to a world where gun violence is obsolete. …

Congress now knows what it feels like to hide from a gun.

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By Emma Rowland and Tatiana Washington

The most haunting images of the January 6th insurrection of the United States Capitol are images that capture the trauma of a generation: law enforcement standing behind a barricaded door with guns drawn at armed white supremacists and Congress Members comforting one another while sheltering behind a wall as rioters shot and damaged their way through the Capitol.

These are more than images to young people who have practiced or gone through active shooter drills and lockdowns. These acts of violence are our formative experiences.

Emma Rowland: As a co-author to this piece, I…

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