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March 11th, 2009
03:48 PM ET

Texas city official: Mass shooting left scars, but Killeen 'resilient'

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Editor's note: A gunman killed 10 people and himself Tuesday in southern Alabama. It's the most recent example of mass killing sprees that have traumatized communities over the years. Here's how one city responded.

On October 16, 1991, 35-year-old George Hennard drove a pickup truck into Luby's cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, and fatally shot 23 people and wounded more than 20 before killing himself.

For more than 15 years, the city next to the sprawling Fort Hood military base had the dubious distinction of being the site of the deadliest mass shooting in the United States - until a student killed 32 people and himself at Virginia Tech in 2007.

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  1. Ken

    Hi Anderson,

    I'm a Canadian who doesn't understand why there is even discussion in relation to why anyone other than Police are allowed to carry handguns or own assault rifles. I understand the Second Amendment, but for the life of me it not only seems but is entirely irrational to suggest that students should carry or be allowed to carry guns on campus. The death rate from handguns in Canada is 1/14th the American rate on a comparative per capita basis. Is this chance? I think not. Stop arming people and gun deaths will drop precipitously, or don't and continue to evidence the horrors like Virginia Tech.

    Canada has a very stringent gun control system, yet disasters like the Montreal University shootings, still happen, however.... they are few and generally the public need not fear encountering a handgun in public. Arming each other is not the answer.

    My heart goes out to all the families destroyed by handguns.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:07 pm |