On the morning of the latest mass shooting, in a place that has become syn­ony­mous with tragedy, Tom Mauser’s phone started ringing at 5 a.m. When he turned on the news his first thought was “Oh God,” fol­lowed by an imme­diate: “Not again.”

We’re not going to turn our country into one big fortress,” said James Alan Fox, a pro­fessor of crim­i­nology at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and one of the nation’s fore­most experts on mass murder. “People hate when I say this but it’s true: This kind of tragedy is one of the unfor­tu­nate prices we pay for our freedoms.”

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