The nation is once again reeling this morning as we learn about another mass shooting at a popular ballroom in California. On Saturday night in Monterey Park, a 72-year-old man shot and killed 10 people at a location that is popular with older Chinese Americans as they were celebrating the Chinese New Year.
“It’s almost like being a combat veteran in a theater of combat.” — Stephanie Hartwell, Wayne State University
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Stephanie Hartwell is the dean of Wayne State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and a professor of sociology. She says gun violence on this scale has tremendous impact on the affected communities.
“It’s almost like being a combat veteran in a theater of combat, that you thought you were in a safe place,” says Hartwell. “You don’t trust your world anymore. The level of trauma is acute and immense.”