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How do we tell the difference?

March 22, 2018 GMT

With all the mass shootings going on around us, are we supposed to just ignore someone who is openly carrying an assault-style weapon in a public area (The News-Review, March 17, 2018)? Should we call 911? Should we run away just in case? What’s the difference between William Eifert standing on Garden Valley Boulevard in front of Fred Meyer with an AR-15 and a guy ready to mass murder random people? Nothing really, because we don’t know the mental state of either person until people nearby end up being 1. dead, or 2. not dead. So we wait and see what happens. No dead people this time. Whew!

Mike McFarlane

Roseburg