Twenty Years After Columbine, Mass Shooting Survivors Help Others Heal (nytimes.com)

 

There have been dozens of mass shootings in the United States since Columbine. (For a graphic on major U.S. mass shootings, see: https://tmsnrt.rs/2IaGL5h)

In the United States from 2000 to 2017 there were 250 active-shooter incidents, resulting in 799 deaths and more than 1,400 people wounded, according to the FBI. But the number of people left to deal with the lasting effects of gun violence is far more difficult to track.

The Rebels Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established in 2012, seeks to help survivors and their families learn how to live with the deep-rooted trauma wrought by their experiences. 

The group's mission has gained a renewed sense of urgency in the wake of three apparent suicides: the father of a child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, and two teenagers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas who died in March.

To read more of Reuter's article,  please click here.

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A good initiative. But my hunch is that the ripples of shooting-related trauma radiate much further out than families and communities who are directly affected. The news cycle makes it so... which is why I can't, for example, follow the news anymore (most of it) because I can even feel my body reacting to stories of shootings, terror incidents, and (most of all) airplane crashes. And if we are human.. and we hear of these tragedies, how can we NOT be impacted to some degree?

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