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Elliot Rodger

Although extreme caution seems rational, we must not give in to fear

Is it safe anywhere anymore?

That's the question we keep asking ourselves and each other. No place seems to offer a haven from all this craziness, and the massacre in Las Vegas has only helped to underscore that growing unease.

Over the past few days I've heard several people -- regular, even-keeled men and women -- wonder aloud about attending a public event, shopping at a crowded mall, strolling through a fall festival. Every venue seems to double as a potential killing field. Instead of looking at our common spaces as places to bring a community together, we're now training a wary eye at potential escape routes. Suddenly horrific is all too possible.

An acquaintance...