Mass shootings are tragedies with immeasurable costs to victims and their families. At the same time, they cause tremendous and quantifiable economic harm. The Perryman Group estimated the magnitude of these harms in order to provide a perspective on the high costs.
Mass shootings are tragedies with immeasurable human costs to victims and their families. As most of you are aware, my adopted hometown of Odessa was recently the site of such a tragedy. The nature of the shooting, being both random and widespread, leads to most of us knowing victims or otherwise having personal connections to the event. Lives were lost, injuries were suffered, families were permanently altered, and the character of a rugged community accustomed to resilience in one area is facing a test of a different and far more difficult kind. The focus is and always should be on the families and the victims.