It Can’t Happen Here

The Husband recently started the State Sponsored Criminal Count, now I’m creating the ”It Can’t Happen Here” series.

“It can’t happen here” is a mantra everywhere.  Well, it can happen here and it does.  This series is about shootings and other criminal activities that people think, feel, or say “can’t happen here”.

The rules are short and sweet:

  1. It needs to have someone stating, “I could never see that happening here” or something along those lines OR
  2. Within a location such as a gun free zone i.e. a college campus.
  3. Info needs to come from the news, be it internet, radio, TV or newspapers.

A form will be available to submit any incidences.  The submission form is available here.  Feel free to recommend additions or changes, I will take them into consideration.

The first addition to this series happened in Moscow, ID yesterday, August 22.  An ex-Professor at the University of Idaho shot and killed a U of I graduate student and then later shot himself.

I first heard about this via a friend on Facebook.  She is one of the nicest people in the world and recently new to the area.  I in no way use the following to demean her, but her post created the idea for the series.


Stuff can happen in Idaho, though not super often.  The last known shooting happened in 2007 where a cop was shot and killed in the line of duty. 

Other past “it can’t happen here” incidents in the Palouse area include a would be shooter on the Lewis-Clark State College campus in Lewiston, ID and Hate Crime at the WSU campus in Pullman, WA.

In both Moscow shooting cases, the shooters killed themselves, saving the taxpayers money.

Update Submission forms are here. Links are also to the right.

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2 Responses to It Can’t Happen Here

  1. Jake says:

    I don’t know if you’re interested in any retroactive submissions for this or not, but both the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007 and the beheading in the VT Graduate Life Center in 2009 were serious “It can’t happen here” moments for peopel here, even for those of us who had been saying “it can happen here.” The scale and/or horror were simply beyond anyone’s nightmares.

    • We’ve talked about doing retroactive submissions and we’re on the fence still about it because they are so many.  There was an incident at UW (Washington) a couple years ago as well.  There’s ton’s of past incidents we can add. 

      I have a feeling we might do a single “past incidents” post, or stock up a bunch to roll when we have nothing else or are busy.