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Gerald Fischman wrote with passion, heartbreak and horror about America's mass shootings. Then he became a victim of one.

Gerald Fischman wrote with passion, heartbreak and horror about America's mass shootings. Then he became a victim of one.

Gerald Fischman, the long-time editorial page editor of the Annapolis Capital, was no stranger to mass shootings. He had written about them for years — moving editorials full of pain, disgust and despair, but also determination. He championed reasonable restrictions on gun ownership. He deplored the lack of resources for mental health care. And above all, he insisted that we must come together as a community, to care for one another. He saw hope in the voices of young people moved to act after the Parkland shooting, but his editorials were colored by mounting frustration that it was a subject he was compelled to address again and again.

He was one of the five Capital Gazette staff...

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