“Enough.” Often it has seemed like the only thing to say. The barrage of images can feel almost unbearable: they are from Ferguson, Dallas, Orlando, Chicago, San Bernardino, Newtown, and a growing list of cities and small towns. Yet equally painful is the recognition of what we are accepting as a new normal, like the active shooter drills that are increasingly part of an elementary school education in the United States. A report1 issued by the Government Accountability Office found that 67% of school districts now conduct active shooter exercises. So to this violence and pain, we emphatically say “enough.” And then, almost always, we have no idea what to do next.
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