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No, It’s Not too Soon to Discuss This Mass Shooting

I write about mass shootings, mass murders and school massacres. It’s not a morbid curiosity. It’s part of my job to share insights, share resources and put a local event into context for a national audience.

One the most frequent critiques I receive from headline readers is the “It’s too soon” with variations of grieving and investigating:

  • Let’s finish grieving before we analyze.
  • The bullet cases are still on the ground, it’s too soon.

You are welcome to grieve as long as you wish.

And in the large majority of the active shooter incidents the shooter is dead by their own hand or in police custody within minutes or a couple of hours. The lingering investigation question is usually around motive. All of the who, what, where and how questions have been answered.

Those who plead for more time, what’s an acceptable amount of time?

If it’s too soon for me to write and others to read, and for us to discuss the Parkland, Fla. shooting can we discuss, learn from and adopt policy change based on one of these incidents.

And yes, I get the same too soon comment when the weapon is a bomb, vehicle or sword:

The articles on training for an active shooter … those are mostly met with a shrug of “it won’t happen in our town.” But if you’re interested:

Rescue Task Force team of police officers and paramedics enters the warm zone to find, triage, and treat patients with life-threatening injuries. (Image Greg Friese)

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.