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Last year in May, there was a pretty major school shooting where ten people were killed (2 teachers and six students) and thirteen others were wounded. The Columbine shooting killed 13, only three more.
I only found out about it recently when an article about Sabika Sheikh, a Pakistani exchange student, crossed my screen.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Fe_High_School_shooting

Article I originally saw
https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/remembering-sabika-sheikh-pakistani-student-killed-santa-fe-school-shooting/?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Are we completely desensitized towards these sorts of things? Also, it is only the second worst of 2018?
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Probably because they seem to occur so often that it sadly doesn't even seem much like news any more. I've admittedly gotten the different major school shooting mixed up it seems so common.

I really think it's crossed over into just a fact of life in the USA territory now.
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Last year in May, there was a pretty major school shooting where ten people were killed (2 teachers and six students) and thirteen others were wounded. The Columbine shooting killed 13, only three more.
I only found out about it recently when an article about Sabika Sheikh, a Pakistani exchange student, crossed my screen.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Fe_High_School_shooting

Article I originally saw
https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/remembering-sabika-sheikh-pakistani-student-killed-santa-fe-school-shooting/?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Are we completely desensitized towards these sorts of things? Also, it is only the second worst of 2018?

I don't know why you didn't hear about it.  I certainly did.  It was big news. 
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Are we completely desensitized towards these sorts of things? Also, it is only the second worst of 2018?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_school_shootings_in_the_United_States

By my count there have been about 230 school shootings since Columbine. Admittedly, most of them have not been mass shootings.

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Yes, I do think we've become desensitized by the frequency... plus remember that news is a business, and they show what people want to see, not necessarily what is news.  A "minor" school shooting doesn't get much play these days because it doesn't generate much response.

That said... I hope that this may be a good thing. On one hand, increased news coverage may result in legislation to decrease the events (nothing so far...) and on the other hand, decreased coverage may result in decreased motivation for any mass shooters who are spurred by seeing the fear and carnage in news coverage.
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Yes, I do think we've become desensitized by the frequency... plus remember that news is a business, and they show what people want to see, not necessarily what is news.  A "minor" school shooting doesn't get much play these days because it doesn't generate much response.

That said... I hope that this may be a good thing. On one hand, increased news coverage may result in legislation to decrease the events (nothing so far...) and on the other hand, decreased coverage may result in decreased motivation for any mass shooters who are spurred by seeing the fear and carnage in news coverage.

For some time now, a number of news organizations have a policy of limiting exposure of the perp in such cases, specifically to avoid glorifying them.

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totally desensitized.
It's scary because I was in HS at the time of Columbine, if school shootings have lost the shock value to my generation, it's pretty much gone for most people.
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