From Columbine to Parkland

I was a senior in high school when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered 13 people and injured two dozen more in their attack at Columbine school. That was April 20, 1999, almost 19 years ago.

The kid who murdered 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland? He was born in September of 1998. He wasn’t even a year old when the Columbine massacre occurred.

If the school shooting was born at Columbine, it is now old enough to have graduated from high school. Hell, the school shooting is old enough to have gotten married and started having kids.

All the real, actual kids who did graduate last year and all the kids who are currently in school have never lived in a world where school shootings don’t happen. Of course I’m not the first person to notice this — I just read a USA Today article that refers to today’s youth as “Generation Columbine.” (I don’t love the let’s-coin-a-term thing, but it does rather ram the point home.)

Nobody can possibly be serious in professing that it’s “too early” to talk about gun control. The insincerity or such a statement would be laughable if it weren’t for the 150+ kids who have been murdered to date … or the estimated 150,000 kids who have experienced a shooting at their school over the past 20 years.