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Mass shooting just got personal

"Yesterday, for me, mass shootings in America got personal," writes Randy Stapilus, Ridenbaugh Press. "A year ago my sister, who had been teaching geology in the Portland area, was hired as an assistant professor, teaching geology, at Umpqua Community College at Roseburg. She’s had an enjoyable year there and was beginning on a second yesterday afternoon, teaching a class as usual, when a student came into the classroom saying a shooter was killing people in the building next door. Karen and her students were lucky enough to get out uninjured, but the 10 people who were killed and seven more injured were less fortunate. Umpqua, and Roseburg (a town of about 20,000 people), is in shock. These shootings are getting personal for more and more people. The FBI reports that the number of mass shootings so far this year in America are coming at a rate of more than one a day. So take care. If we don’t at some point try to get a handle on this, a mass shooting coming soon down the road may get personal for you/Randy Stapilus, Ridenbaugh Press.

Question: Randy Stapilus makes a good point: The mass shootings that are epidemic in this country are becoming personal to more and more people. Have they become personal to you?

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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