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December 17, 2013

Arapahoe and Sandy Hook School Shootings: That Was Then, This is … Still Then?

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A schoolboy armed with a shotgun opened fire and wounded two fellow students on Friday before killing himself, the latest US mass shooting on the eve of the Newtown school massacre anniversary. The incident came a day ahead of the first anniversary of the Newtown shooting in which Adam Lanza gunned down 20 young children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“We were horrified to hear today of a school shooting at Arapahoe High School in Colorado, just one day before the one year mark of the Sandy Hook shootings,” said Tim Makris, executive director of Sandy Hook Promise.

The Newtown shooting briefly reignited the US gun control debate, triggered every time there is a major shooting, but attempts to pass tougher laws have made little headway in Congress.

“Tragically, this shooting marks the 25th school shooting in the one year since December 14. Our hearts are with all the families of Arapahoe High School today,” said Makris.

– from: New US school shooting on eve of Newtown anniversary (AFP via Yahoo)

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(photo 1: KDVR/Twitter photo 2: Newtown Bee caption: State police personnel lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in this handout picture from the Newtown Bee, in Newtown, Connecticut, December 14, 2012. All public schools in Newtown, Connecticut, were placed in lockdown on Friday following a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. photo 3: aerial photo arapahoe high school – mysuncoast.com. photo 4: aerial photo Sandy Hook Elementary School: KDVR/Twitter  photo 5: AP caption: Dec. 13, 2013: A woman screams as she arrives at a church where students from nearby Arapahoe High School were evacuated after a shooting on the Centennial, Colo., campus.photo 6: Jessica Hill/AP caption: A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, after the shooting on Dec. 14.photo 7: Getty Images caption: Joanne Kostecka escorts her daughter Dominika, 17, from Shepherd of the Hills Church after a school shooting on December 13, 2013 at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. photo 8: Michele McLoughlin/Reuters caption: First-grader Henry Terifay and his sister, fourth-grader Kelly, wait outside the school on the day of the shooting. photo 9: Craig F. Walker / The Denver Post caption: Authorities rush to Arapahoe High School in Centennial, CO December 13, 2013. A student who carried a shotgun into Arapahoe High School and asked where to find a specific teacher opened fire on Friday, wounding two fellow students before apparently killing himself, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said.photo 10: Jessica Hill/AP Photo caption: State Police are on scene following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles northeast of New York City on Dec. 14, 2012.photo 11: Rick Wilking/Reuters caption: An Arapahoe High School student prayed for shooting victim Claire Davis at the Centennial, Colo, school on Sunday. photo 12: PacificCoastNews.com caption: The victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting are remembered on Christmas Day at the memorials around Sandy Hook. photo 13: Brennan Linsley/AP caption: A student stares out a bus window as it arrives at a church to be reunited with family after students from nearby Arapahoe High School were evacuated their after a shooting at the school in Centennial, Colo., Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the shooter shot two others at the school, before apparently killing himself. photo 14: David Friedman / NBC News caption: Students return to Hawley Elementary School on Dec. 18, in Newtown, Conn., the first day of classes since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary Schoool. photo 15: Karl Gehring, The Denver Post caption: Hundreds of Arapahoe High School students gathered for a candlelight vigil Saturday night to share their prayers for Claire Davis who was shot inside the school Friday. photo 16: Mario Tama/Getty Images caption: (L to R) Newtown residents Claire Swanson, Ian Fuchs, Kate Suba, Jaden Albrecht, Simran Chand hold candles at a memorial for victims on the first Sunday following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. photo 17 Ed Andrieski/AP caption: Media cover a briefing by Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., where 18-year-old shooting suspect Karl Halverson Pierson shot student Claire Davis, 17,on Friday, then turned the gun on himself. photo 18: Ned Gerard caption: Satellite trucks in Treadwell Park, in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 15th, 2012. The town park has become a small village for press and media that have descended on the town following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday.)

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