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Unacceptable New Normal

While organizing on Temple's campus last semester, the FBI issued a blanket warning for a possible shooter somewhere in the Philadelphia area . The very next day, while driving to one of my Adjunct jobs,  this story  came on the radio, where an actual shooting occurred at the Community College of Philadelphia. As nothing happened the day before, my fears reemerged as I though the previous day's threat could still be in effect. After my initial shock and political indignation over America's irrational gun-boner, I attempted to rationalize away my fear with the fact that I work an hour outside of the city, and the likelihood of my small school in South Jersey falling under the warning was slim to none. But as I prepped for my students' arrival I found myself planning a defense from a shooter, fretting over the fact that my door doesn't lock, the largest barricade large enough is too far across the room, and the window openings may be too slim to escape throug