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Senseless Shootings

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We were all stunned by what happened Monday on the campus of Virginia Tech University, just as we were shocked by what took place in February at Trolley Square. Why anyone would commit such horrible, cruel, and random murders is beyond comprehension.

In the struggle to make sense of what happened, much introspection, naturally, takes place.

Reports abound of local law enforcement, emergency responders and local school officials reviewing their own procedures and protocols for dealing with such unspeakable acts. That's appropriate and wise.

Naturally, there is a lot of talk about the role of guns in our society and whether stricter laws, or conversely, the presence of more concealed weapons holders, could have prevented what happened. It is an issue to continue to be debated.

Then there are reports of wary apprehension among those of Korean ethnicity in this country. By no means should there be any kind of backlash against them merely because they share the same nationality as the assailant.

As Utahns experienced in February, now is a time for mourning and for healing, and for getting on with life. If those in Virginia experience what we did here, much good will come from a community rallying together in the aftermath of something so devastating and senseless.

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