Paris Terrorist Attacks Rekindle Memories Of Aurora Theater Shooting For Some

November 18, 2015
Photo: Lonnie and Sandy Phillips (HV)
Lonnie and Sandy Phillips, photographed at the CPR News studios on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.

For Sandy Phillips, watching the Paris bloodbath unfold on television brought back memories of the night her daughter was killed when a gunman opened fire on a packed movie theater in suburban Denver.

She says so-called "soft-target" attacks have already happened in the U.S. and that leaders should focus on the much greater threat of gun violence. Terrorism has accounted for only a few dozen deaths since 9/11, while more than 215,000 people have been murdered since then.

Experts say Americans tend to see mass shootings as isolated events, while violence inspired by ideology creates more fear.

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