School walkouts are not effective deterrents to school shootings. I'm not sure the poems did much either. These are hideous events that require serious proposals, not the self-indulgent mawkishness our media keep serving up.
When categorizing public health problems, the word "epidemic" is often applied to emphasize those of great impact. It is no longer merely associated with the rapid and widespread advance of infectious diseases, but has become a common part of "wakeup language" to give an issue a sense of priority. When the president declares a health issue a "national emergency," as he did with the opioid epidemic, it takes it to another level. It sends a