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In 1998, Americans weren’t yet accustomed to frequent headlines about mass shootings. It was two decades before Parkland; 14 years before Sandy Hook; and one year before Columbine. It was the year the country was shocked by a shooting in Springfield, Oregon, when Kristin Kinkel’s 15-year-old brother murdered their parents and opened fire at Thurston High School, killing two students and injuring more than two dozen others.
Reading news coverage of the shooting is a reminder “of how shocking they were at the time,” Jennifer Gonnerman writes in The New Yorker, “and how numb we have become to…