School shootings are becoming the dominant cultural experience of the post-millennial generation

Here are The Arsonists, a “teen band” here in Lawrence, KS:

I Heart Local Music says:

The Arsonists’ video for “Alex” was released in response to an astonishingly high number of shooting deaths at schools in the U.S. over the last year. Even in Lawrence, weapons were found on at least three separate occasions in schools just this month alone.

Frontman Giovanni Ventello says they were aiming for a powerful and significant project. “After countless incidents of gun violence, some even right here in Lawrence, we decided it was time we used our music to hopefully inspire change,” he says. “I hope the people who see this video are moved to either take action or even just learn a little about the gun violence epidemic we all face.”

They say “write what you know.” Today’s teens know to fear gun massacres.

Author: joeldermole

Joel Mathis is a freelance writer who lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife and son. He spent nine years as a syndicated columnist, co-writing the RedBlueAmerica column as the liberal half of a point-counterpoint duo. His honors include awards for best online commentary from the Online News Association and (twice) from the City and Regional Magazine Association.

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