Americans no longer shocked by mass shootings

Monday, December 10th, 2007 - 12:45 pm PST

The two mass shootings this week at a Nebraska shopping mall and a Colorado church caused terrible grief and confusion for those directly affected, but failed to trigger a sense of shock and dismay among the American public. Experts believe the regularity of such tragedies has caused a collective numbing. “It’s like the way most Americans today feel nothing as they read in the local newspaper about fatal car accidents from the previous 24 hours,” says psychologist Mort Donovan. “People now are more surprised if six months pass without a young middle class American male shooting a semi-random selection of 5 to 25 people.”