GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — After the back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, I was at a loss over something.  How would I explain mass shootings—especially those motivated by race-based hatred—to my nearly two-year-old daughter when she's old enough to understand?  

She may have helped me answer that question.

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