The news from Oregon was grim enough in isolation — nine people shot dead at a community college. For many Americans it was all the sadder as a reminder of how frequent, how depressingly routine, mass shootings have become.
In Colorado, an elementary school principal mused wistfully on how security precautions now preoccupied her staff. In Washington, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania said he went into his office and wept on hearing of the Oregon tragedy, thinking, "Here we go again."
Details remained scant about why a 26-year-old walked into a classroom at Umpqua Community College and opened fire. But enough was known to trigger outrage and profound frustration that a new place name — Roseburg, Oregon — had joined to the list of communities scarred by mass shootings.