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Sandy Hook Promise posts powerful gun violence video

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Gun violence is preventable if you know the signs.

That's the tagline of a new video from the gun violence prevention organization Sandy Hook Promise, a group created in the wake of the Newtown school shooting that left 26 students and staff dead in 2012.

The video begins with a high school student named Evan etching the words "I am bored" into a school library table.

Later, Evan returns and is surprised to find the response "Hi Bored, nice to meet you" scribbled underneath it.

The video continues with the boy carving in followup messages and receiving new replies. In between classes, he looks from girl to girl and wonders who his mysterious pen pal is.

But that wasn't the what the video was about.

Evan's story was a distraction from what was really going on in the background.

Behind him in various shots, there was another boy who was reading a gun magazine, getting picked on by bullies, watching online gun videos and posting gun-related social media posts.

The video ends with the girl finally revealing herself to a smiling Evan, just in time for the background teen to storm into the school gymnasium and cock a gun.

"While you were watching Evan, another student was showing signs of planning a shooting," the video said. "But no one noticed."

It invited people to visit sandyhookpromise.org.

Watch the video on YouTube here.

Sandy Hook Promise bills itself as a non-profit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 14, 2012.

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