The Shots Heard 'Round the World

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Science  28 Jul 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5479, pp. 570-574
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5479.570

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The massacre at Columbine High School last year unleashed a torrent of fresh concern over the threat that violence poses to society. It also energized a government research effort to understand and prevent violence. Ironically, this flurry of activity comes at a time when youth violence, as reflected in crime statistics, is in decline.