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Child psychologist Robin Gurwitch says first and foremost, caregivers should reach out to their kids and talk about what has happened.
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In the wake of the shooting at the K-12 STEM School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, parents all over the country are struggling with difficult conversations about safety at school. One student was killed and eight were injured. Hundreds more lived through the terrifying experience of a shooting at their school.

The school security industry is a growing one and within it, school districts have to decide how to spend their money.
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As school security has become a top priority in communities across the country, security companies have found a thriving new market for their products. 

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On Tuesday, April 30, a gunman killed two students and injured four others at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Flowers, buttons, and other items adorn a rock which is part of a semi-circle of stones at the makeshift memorial for the Virginia Tech shooting victims on the Drillfield of the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va., Wednesday, June 13, 2007.
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States "with more permissive gun laws and greater gun ownership" have higher rates of mass shootings, according to a new study published in the medical journal The BMJ. The study also found that states with more restrictive gun laws have fewer mass shootings, after adjusting for population.

Mateo, left, and his older brother Caleb play in their backyard in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Kindergartener Caleb practices lockdown drills at his school, while his little brother Mateo hasn't started yet.
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Lockdown drills have become increasingly common in schools across the United States. 

Students start practicing these drills as early as pre-school, before they can truly understand what threat they are hiding from.

A customer shops at Frontier Justice, a gun store in Lee's Summit, MO. The number of documented background checks are high in 2018, but that doesn't necessarily mean gun sales are too.
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Gun sales have been trending down since the 2016 presidential election when the sales hit a record high. News outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, NPR and Bloomberg, have called this decline in gun sales the "Trump slump." 

A 2017 study found that 4.6 million young people in the U.S. live in homes with at least one loaded, unlocked firearm.
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Rates of youth suicide are higher in states with high gun ownership, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Brooks Creighton, 10, holds a Space Blaster toy at Learning Express Toys and Gifts in Durham, North Carolina. He says he's grown up with BB guns and nerf guns in his home.
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Toy guns have been a popular item on Christmas gift wish lists for decades. Little Ralphie Parker from the 1983 holiday classic A Christmas Story spends most of the movie wishing for a "Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle."

Many toy guns look more real than toy, however, which has city officials, law enforcement and safety experts across the country urging parents to use extreme caution when purchasing them for children.

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