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Mass shootings, the 'new normal' in America?

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On August 5, Army Veteran Wade Michael Page killed six people at a Sikh Temple in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In July, 12 were killed when James Holmes walked into a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and opened fire.

This week, Jacob Tyler Roberts shot three people, two of whom died at a mall in Oregon.

Where does it all stop? Does it all stop?

Have we crossed some kind of unimaginable line?

Things that you'd never think could happen, happen -- and that line of the unimaginable keeps moving.

"It just drained me throughout the day," said Joshua Vanderpeyl.

It's a story that happened hundreds of miles away, but affects the hearts of Tampa as strongly as those in Tennessee or Toledo.

"I just don't even know the insanity of it. I don't want to say that it's understandable to shoot adults," Vanderpeyl said.

But killing children?

"It's unthinkable. There's a really heavy line that just got crossed," he adds.

That line seems to be moving farther into the depths of the unimaginable. Remember the images of teenagers at Columbine? It was shocking in 1999. Now there are similar images of kindergartners.

Another line crossed.

"It was absolutely devastating what happened at Columbine and there's been other shootings since then," said Dr. Stacey Scheckner.

There may never be an answer to why this, or many senseless acts of violence happened, not one that will have logic. However, this loss will change the world.

"In this particular situation, if we can get more devastating, compare it to 9/11, and it is so difficult to see the cause and effect of what happened," Scheckner said.

The cause? Deep mental anguish. Psychiatrists theorize it takes more to lash out, it takes more to get noticed, in every way, even as a killer.

"Maybe it's because we are all living in our own little word with technology. We used to live together with our families in cities, and now we have broadened out. So what has happened is he has gone out in to a school and killed elementary school students. How much more attention could he get?" Scheckner said.

This is it: for now, a new line, crossed with abandon. It leaves a nation of heavy hearts, mourning a tragedy so horrific we don't yet have a word to describe it's magnitude.

"I think it scares the world. I think it's very, very scary. On the psychological, it's impacting us and we feel powerless," Scheckner said.

The actions of just one man have captivated the national conversation, leaving many to say, or even write on Facebook, that society has taken a downward spiral because of one person.

All the while, there are rays of hope: millions show another side of humanity, offering compassion, empathy and sharing a sense of mourning for strangers they've never met.

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