Comment of the Day

Reader: Families of mass-murder victims need National Compassion Fund

Melanie Asmar's post about National Compassion Fund standards suggested by families that lost loved ones in the Aurora theater shooting left at least one reader unconvinced. In response, Anita Busch, who lost family member Micayla Medek in the massacre, explained why such a plan is needed. Here's her response.

anitabusch writes:

All this does is allow for the American public donor intent to be recognized as most people believe when they give their hard-earned wages as donations, they are helping the victims directly. That is not the case as we learned in Aurora. This protocol also makes sure the entire eligible victim base is provided for. Under this plan, Everyone in Thaeter 9 and those injured in Theater 8 would have been taken care of.

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