Today’s Generation Grows Up on Mass Shootings and Terrorism

By Shaun O’Brien

The Crown (Wilmette, Illinois)

Unfortunately, in the past eighteen years, there have been many shocking and horrifying terrorist attacks that have occurred not only in our country, but around the world. We, the youth of today, have grown up not only in a fast-paced and ever-evolving world, but a world that is violent, unsettled, and disturbed.

There seems to be a “normalcy” in another mass murder on the news or an attack from a terrorist group killing many innocent people. Although this is the world we live in, our generation remains united and committed to hope and peace.


Here is a compiled list of devastating terrorist attacks that you may have lived through.

9/11

September 11, 2001

After the first airplane crash to the World Trade Center, New York, 11 Sept 2001 2

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Boston Marathon Bombing 

April 15,2013

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Photo credit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Paris Attacks

Nov 14,2015

A man pays his respect outside the Le Carillon restaurant the morning after a series of deadly attacks in Paris , November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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Aurora Shooting

July 20,2012

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Photo Credit: http://gunsnfreedom.com

Sandy Hook 

Dec 14, 2012

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Virginia Tech

April 16, 2007

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 Columbine 

April 20,1999

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Isla Vista/ Elliot Rodger

May 23, 2014

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 Oregon Shooting

October 1, 2015

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Fort Hood Shooting

November 5, 2009

Photo Credit: http://www.nbcnews.com

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About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (www.wantnewsforteens.com).

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