After the Parkland shooting, the gun control debate isn’t fading away

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Three of the largest mass shootings in modern American history happened in the past two years, but that doesn’t mean Americans are always thinking about gun control.

In fact, data shows that with so many mass shootings taking place, Americans move on to other concerns within several days after each event. But after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida killed 17 people, something different is going on. 

The credit may belong to the power of high schoolers to capture national attention in the absence of leadership from high-level officials.

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