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Oregon killings beg question: Have we become numb to mass shootings?

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Denizens of Roseburg gather at a candlelight vigil for the victims of a shooting October 1, 2015 in Roseburg, Oregon. According to reports, 10 were killed and 20 injured when a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Michael Lloyd/Getty Images

At least nine people are dead and seven others are in the hospital after a lone gunman opened fire on several classrooms at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

Police have identified the shooter as a 26-year-old man with ties to Southern California who carried three pistols, a rifle, five additional magazines, and body armor when he attacked the small campus in southwestern Oregon. The shooter allegedly asked students to stand up and state their religions before opening fire, though it has been reported that the shooter was Agnostic.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll talk with gun rights and gun control advocates about whether or not its possible to pass laws to prevent incidents like this, and whether that would require taking on the 2nd Amendment. Plus, we’ll speak with an expert on mass shootings and take your calls about whether we’ve become numb as a society to mass shootings like this.

For the latest details on the shooting, click here.


Mike McLively, staff attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Steve Dulan, member of the board of directors of the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners and an adjunct professor at the Cooley Law School at Western Michigan University

J. Pete Blair, executive director of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center (ALERT) at Texas State University. He’s also a professor of criminal justice at Texas State university, and co-authored a FBI report on the prevalence of active shooter events in 2014

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