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It’s been 10 years since Michael Moore released Bowling for Columbine, and 14 years since the massacre at Columbine High School left 14 students and one teacher dead.

Spring blossom. (Hadi Dadashian photo)

Spring blossom. (Hadi Dadashian photo)

The year I covered Columbine as a journalist, there were so many more school shootings, that I crisscrossed the country logging the names of more and more dead children at rural schools, suburban schools, and big, urban campuses.

I will never forget the day I met then-NRA leader Charlton Heston, praising guns at a NRA conference, not far from Columbine High School, so soon after the killings.

There have been so many school murders in the past decade, the places where students and teachers were shot to death have become a symbol of gun violence: Newtown.

Please watch Bowling for Columbine for free tonight (see Moore’s website for details), and join the national conversation about how we can best protect all our children and our teachers.

Life in 5 lines or less© appears every Saturday, usually with joy and gratitude. Today, we’re grateful for every voice lifted to stop gun violence.

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