Yvette Rodier, West Valley City prosecutor Utah
Her fear has always been understandable — a man shot her and her friend without provocation, even reloading and firing again as she pretended to be dead on the ground — even if she and those closest to her found the nightmares unrealistic. But as mass shootings, like the one at California’s Saugus High School on Thursday in which a 16-year-old student shot and killed two classmates, wounded two others and then shot himself in the head, have become more of a regular occurrence, the nightmares elicit fear that is more difficult to contain.
From 1966 to 2018, 1,102 Americans died in mass shootings, according to an analysis published in the Washington Post. The number of those injured or impacted in those shootings is unknown.