Americans wonder if frequent mass shootings are the “new normal”

Residents told 22News they realize there's a real possibility the next shooting could be near them

Authorities prepare to search an area near a church on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, following a shooting that killed multiple people at a social services center for the disabled in San Bernardino, Calif. (James Quigg/The Victor Valley Daily Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Tragic but no longer surprising in the United States. A mass shooting in San Bernardino California killed 14 people and wounded 21 others, less than a week after a gunman opened fire in a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic. Residents told 22News they still don’t think it’s not the new normal, not yet.

“It’s still a little rare, but it probably will become norm,” said Angelina Vega of Chicopee.

Tim Wege of New Hampshire agreed. He added, “I think there is an argument that needs to be made that we need to be doing more in terms of more extensive background checks, not particularly in favor of going to the extreme in gun control.”

Moments after the shooting, the political world erupted in comments. Politicians each made the case for or against the controversial topic of gun control in our country.

“Take basic steps that would make it harder, not impossible, but harder for individuals to get access to weapons,” said President Barack Obama Thursday morning.
Republican presidential candidate Senator Lindsey Graham disagreed, saying, “If you think the shooting in California is about gun control, then you don’t understand what’s going on in the world.”

Residents told 22News they realize there’s a real possibility the next shooting could be near them.

“Every time I walk into a public place here, I like to put my back up against the wall because this way you can see what’s going on,” Kenny Thorne of Chicopee said.

Perhaps not a new norm, but a new, unpredictable reality with no easy solution, at least in the near future.

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