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2018 was a record year for school gun violence

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The March for Our Lives protest in Washington. Photo: Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images

There have been a record 94 incidents of gun violence in schools across the United States in 2018 — a nearly 60% jump from the previous high set in 2006, according to data from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

The big picture: The database, which stretches back to 1970, records any incident in which a gun is "brandished, is fired, or a bullet hits school property for any reason," per The Guardian. The February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which resulted in 17 deaths, helped to reinvigorate a national movement against gun violence. The student-led March for Our Lives demonstration earlier this year saw more than 1.7 million people march in 752 protests across the U.S.

How Americans who've suffered this year are giving thanks today

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The town of Paradise, California charred over 150,000 acres. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

From mass shootings to hurricanes and fires, The Associated Press reminds that "2018 was a year of loss unlike any other."

The big picture: In the past year, the U.S. has experienced two major hurricanes, several mass shootings, hate crimes and destructive fires. Amid the tragedy, people are focusing on unity this Thanksgiving season, sometimes without the traditional meal attached.

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