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SR: Wringing Hands Not The Answer

The pop-pop-pop of gunfire headlines continues. Two more school tragedies – one at a Portland-area high school, one at a Seattle university. Two Las Vegas police officers are slain execution-style in a restaurant shooting reminiscent of the Lakewood, Washington, assassinations that claimed four police officers five years ago. Meanwhile, the public can’t decide what it wants done, and our leaders are frozen by the debate. Is this good enough? Is it acceptable? Apparently, it is, because not much has happened since 20 schoolchildren were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. Many thought the massacre was so horrific it would galvanize the nation. Instead, it has created divisions. Since Sandy Hook, there have been at least 74 more school shootings, USA Today reports. Some were accidental; some were suicides. Some, like the six students killed at UC-Santa Barbara, were homicides. After each school shooting, the hand-wringing has commenced, but little action has been taken/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.

Question: If Sandy Hook didn't prompt action re: this escalating violence in our schools & universities, what will?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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