On April 20, 1999, two students from Columbine high school in Littleton, Colorado, shocked the world with the biggest mass shooting in American history murdering twelve students, one teacher, wounding twenty one others by gunshots and three more injured as they fled, before the shooters took their own lives.  There have been numerous copycats and many more mass shootings twenty years later with even  higher murder casualites most by assault rifle type guns.  America lost so much more on that day than 12 students and one teacher,  America lost it's innnocence and right to claim it's place as the envy of the free world, the land of the free and home of the brave. Living in fear is not freedom, and home of the brave, continues to cower at every opportunity to make changes.

A some of these images were part of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography by the Staff of the Denver Rocky Mountain News.