Toronto Star article Five young men who play basketball at Duquesne University were gunned down outside a dormitory this past weekend after an argument with a guy as they were leaving a campus dance. Two were shot as they were walking away. Three more were shot as they came to their team mates' assistance. The young man most critically injured (shot in the head) is a Toronto native, Sam Ashaolu. His parents have flown to his side in the Pittsburgh hospital where he is in intensive care. The other guy with serious injuries is Stuard Baldonado. The others who were afflicted with more minor injuries and released from hospital are Kojo Mensah, Shawn James and Aaron Jackson. I'm hoping Sam and Stuard pull through this and recover. After the Montreal shooting last week and this event, I just feel bewildered and shocked that parents can see their children make it all the way to university and college through hard work and goal setting and then encounter these random acts of violence. It didn't seem to be a consideration when I was in school 30 years ago. Fists were the extent of weaponry 99% of the time. Is the risk of lethal consequences from handguns an everyday reality when going out to enjoy yourselves at clubs and campus events? What do the younger members feel as you go about your lives? Are the risks of confrontation that escalate to this kind of gunslinging and shooting of (presumably) unarmed victims real for you? Does it temper your behaviour or the restrict how freely you might communicate your feelings with strangers? Does it take any specific effort to avoid conflict? These guys were apparently walking away.