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How do you measure a year? For parents, it’s often in milestones in our children’s lives: the first day of school, birthday celebrations, a first lost tooth. But for too many parents in this country, a year is measured in the days since they lost their children to gun violence.
Dec. 14, 2012, was the last straw for many American mothers when 20 first-graders and six educators were gunned down in their classrooms at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. That was followed by the heartbreaking shooting death of Hadiya Pendleton in Chicago a month later. Since then, the continued drumbeat of senseless shootings has helped focus the public’s attention on the epidemic of American gun violence.
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