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Thoughts and prayers’ no defense against school shootings

The voices in Florida in recent days cut through the platitudes in the way politicians never could. The speakers? High school students traumatized by a slaughter who are deciding they aren’t going to accept condolences and be sent back to class.

They are right. As a country, we have become seemingly immune to mass shootings. The pace is predictable. We are all horrified as the news unfolds, whether it’s a crowd mowed down at a night club, employees at a training, or students just working their way through another school day. Anger wells up. Then the debates start . . .