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‘Are Mass Shootings Really Like Natural Disasters?’

‘Treating mass shootings like earthquakes’Peter Hanink in the Los Angeles Times

“No one was shocked” by this week’s mass shooting that killed 18 people in Maine, says Peter Hanink in the Los Angeles Times. Americans look at these massacres like natural disasters. “We can’t prevent them; we can only prepare for them.” We conduct active shooter exercises, and drill home the message of “run, fight, hide.” But “common sense” reforms like background checks and assault rifle bans can save lives. “We must do better.”

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