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  • UCLA shooting pushes panic button: James Alan Fox

    USA Today - 06/02/2016

    Wednesday’s murder suicide at UCLA, in which an esteemed professor was fatally shot inside his office by a former student, was absolutely tragic. But inaccurately calling it an active shooter situation only added to the panic on campus and off. Taking nothing for granted, the police response was forceful, yet no one besides the intended target was in danger.

    The incident ended quickly, although the state of alarm lasted for hours in large part because of the dreaded active shooter reference. Fear of this modern day boogeyman dressed menacingly in black clothing and armed with an assault weapon is well out of proportion with the risk, prompting many ill-conceived over-responses.

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