Real Talk: College Shootings from A Student Perspective

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So here’s the deal.

No matter what side you may fall on regarding the recent onslaught of debate on gun control, sparked on by multiple shootings on various college campuses, there is one thing we can all agree on: no matter what the reason is behind these tragic attacks, the damage needs to stop.

Since 2013, there have been 150 school shootings in the U.S. That’s an average of about one a week[i]. These are not mass shootings (events claiming the lives of 4 or more victims). Rather, the definition used for a school shooting by Every Town Research, and for the sake of this article, is anytime a firearm is discharged inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds, as documented by the press and confirmed through further inquiries with law enforcement.

We, as TV watchers and internet browser, usually only hear about the worst of these events, and can only truly understand the experience if we have been personally effected by something similar. If this is you, know that my thoughts and prayers are with not just you, but with all of America.

This is a problem.

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Tess (Twitter: @tessiagroen) fancies herself to be the real-life, much shorter (but no less fabulous) version of Elle Woods, juggling Sorority Lyfe and a future law degree in one hand, and a Venti Vanilla Latte in the other. She actually enjoys school, is 99% sure she was a disney princess in a former life, and can usually be found somewhere with a lot of books.

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