On October 2, 2015 a deranged gunman entered Umpqua Community College in the southwestern Oregon city of Roseburg, went into at least two classrooms, and began systematically shooting a professor, and students who identified themselves as Christians or failed to identify their religion at all. The murders on the Umpqua Community College campus are another tragedy in America’s struggle to understand mental illness, radicalism, and mass shootings.
In the wake of the murders at Umpqua there have been the expected flood of media pundits spouting this theory or that solution with very little supporting evidence that any of their ideas would reduce mass shootings. One thing is certain, the media thrives on our tragedy. It is, after all, big business for them! The more sensational, the more money!