Following on the heels of our Newtown documentary, Notes from Dunblane: Lessons from a School Shooting is in a sense a prequel to that work which evolved out of our first year of filming with the Newtown community. In those early days, we were struck by the journey of an interfaith community that found itself confronted with shouldering not only the massive grief of a traumatized community, but also their own human fragility and trauma. We were also struck by a tragic and poignant phenomenon we have observed many times since then as more and more communities join the ranks of those victimized by mass gun violence; the inherent human desire to reach out to others and provide solace and empathy in understanding a journey the rest of us cannot. Father Bob Weiss, a beloved fixture in the Newtown community, in those first days after the Sandy Hook shooting, was faced with the unthinkable task of burying 8 of the 20 children whose lives were taken. He, like many others, was suffering the effects of profound PTSD. When asked from where he was getting most support and solace, along with his trusted parish, he immediately told me of a letter he’d received from Father Basil O’Sullivan, a priest from Dunblane, Scotland whose community had suffered the same; 16 schoolchildren of the same precious age murdered at the hands of a gun. Therein began a poignant transatlantic correspondence and friendship we pursued documenting on both sides of the ocean. It was striking to learn of Father Basil’s account, not unlike the all too familiar reactions of far too many victimized communities in the U.S. (1600+ mass shootings since Newtown), of his community and country to immediately affect policy change in efforts prevent future tragedy and protect children. And so, the UK did, as did Australia following their most horrific mass shooting, while we here in the US have not. Here we sit after Parkland, hoping that finally, our youth who have learned this lesson so unfairly will prevail in their current efforts to affect change, while the repeated lesson seems to have been so “unlearned” by those in a position to protect our youth from the escalating scourge of gun violence.