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Valenti writes: "In a time when shootings are commonplace, this week didn't necessarily feel remarkable. It felt normal."

Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters during the investigation of a shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on June 13, 2016. (photo: Steve Nesius/Reuters)
Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters during the investigation of a shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on June 13, 2016. (photo: Steve Nesius/Reuters)


The Latest US Shootings Are an Awful Reminder of How Normal They Feel

By Jessica Valenti, Guardian UK

18 June 17


In a time when shootings are commonplace, this week didn’t necessarily feel remarkable. It felt normal and that makes me fear for my daughter

y daughter is in first grade, but she’s been doing “lockdown drills” since she was two years old – her pre-school started them a few weeks after the massacre of 20 children at Sandy Hook. She knows how to keep quiet when her teachers shut the lights, and that she’s hiding from “robbers” or “bad guys”; she’s not quite old enough to understand the full implications of what the drill means.

This week we mourned the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Pulse in Orlando that left 49 people dead, protested against Megyn Kelly’s interview with a man who believes the Sandy Hook shooting was faked, and tried to make sense of two mass shootings – one that left House majority whip Steve Scalise injured. And yet, in a time when shootings are commonplace, this week didn’t necessarily feel remarkable. It felt normal.

That makes me fear for my daughter more than any lockdown drill could.


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