Conversations of Columbine

School shootings spark two conversations in America: One about guns and one about kids

By Lori Jane Gliha

Conversations of Columbine

Twenty years after the Columbine High School shooting, Mollie Holt is still mourning the loss of her coach, Dave Sanders, who was murdered along with 12 students, and she’s reflecting on what may have been warning signs from the killers that went unnoticed.

A recent Department of Justice-supported analysis of 51 averted school shootings found peers were most likely to discover and report plans of an attack and were crucial to shutting them down.

While Holt said she didn’t recognize any red flags at the time, Randy Brown, whose son, Brooks, had been friends with the attackers at various times throughout his childhood, said he warned authorities about one of the shooters long before the attack.

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Conversations with a School Shooter

When Manuel Aragon bought a handgun in 2003, he was a scrawny 14-year-old worried about his safety at his new high school in Denver.

A group of guys, he said, had beaten up his friend, leaving that boy with serious injuries. So, Aragon paid $300 on the street for a .38-caliber pistol. He carried it onto campus at Ranum High School for self-defense.

“I never wanted to go to school and hurt somebody,” Aragon, now 31, said. “I never wanted to go to school and even put fear in anybody. It was just more of what I knew to protect myself.”

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Conversations about Guns

The Moore brothers have nearly 75 years of trauma surgery experience between them. Each enjoys hunting and owns several guns, but the brothers have differing opinions about who should have access to semi-automatic rifles, like the AR-15.

While the two don’t always support each other’s opinions, they do support having a civil conversation and discussing solutions that will ultimately bring fewer gunshot patients, especially school children, into the trauma room.

“It just isn’t politics. It’s a matter of trying to sit down with people and have facts and try to figure out how we can avoid the continued carnage we see in schools,” Dr. Gene Moore said. “We’re not going to break up a brotherhood because he’s pro and I’m anti.”

“There are so many issues in society that are backed on emotion and not fact,” Dr. John Moore added. “We need research.”

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