The tragic shooting in Troutdale, Ore., is at least the fourth mass shooting in our nation in the last two weeks, the third involving a school [“Student, suspect dead in shooting at Oregon school,” The Today File, June 10]. Seventy-four school shootings have now taken place in the approximately 18 months since the Dec. 14, 2012, Newtown, Conn., shooting.
While the circumstances of the senseless attack at Reynolds High School remain under investigation, the fact is that we lose another 86 people to bullets on an average day. There are real things we can do to prevent most of these tragedies — from passing common-sense legislation to inspiring safer attitudes and behaviors around guns.
It is imperative that we come together as a nation to make our voices heard above the money and influence of the corporate gun lobby to make this the safer nation every sane American wants it to be.
Curtis Taylor, Eugene, Ore.