Consider this. In over a month of war against Serbia, there has not been one American casualty. Yet, in just four hours, two teenage gunmen murdered 12 schoolmates and a teacher before committing suicide. The nightmare at Columbine High School on April 20 has reawakened Americans (though not nearly enough of us) to another war being waged within our borders.
Columbine High School is unique in that it played host to the worst school shooting in American history. Aside from that grisly distinction, however, it is a story not unlike many others in recent memory. In 1992, a 20-year-old returned to his former high school in Olivehurst, California, and, upset over a failing grade, killed four people. In 1993, a 17-year-old walked into his English teacher’s class and shot her in the head. In 1996, in Moses Lake, Washington, a 14-year-old gunned down two classmates with an assault rifle. In February of 1997, a 16-year-old went to his small school in Alaska and murdered his principal and a classmate. Six months later, in Pearl, Mississippi, a 16-year-old outcast first killed his mom, then went to school and shot nine classmates, two of whom died. Two months later, a 14-year-old fired a volley of bullets on a prayer circle at a school in Paducah, Kentucky. Three of them died.