A second lesson American youth can take from the Soweto uprising is that they will have to work for change for a long time, into their adult lives. The gun status quo, normalizing assault rifles and distortions like ”guns don’t kill people, people do”, have become part of the political and economic mainstream. Making mass shootings routine did not happen quickly. From Columbine to Marjory Stoneman took 19 years, but the University of Texas at Austin suffered a mass shooting in 1966, well before the attack on Virginia Tech in 2007. Schools, street corners, suicides, churches, concerts and clubs: Random, often mass, gun violence is an ever-present threat. It will take a long time to undo this violent normalcy.