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"If somebody in that classroom, some other student, some law-abiding student -- if somebody else had a gun -- and he or she knew what to do with it -- if they knew how to use it -- then the whole thing wouldn't have happened."

Arturo Lopez, 19, City College, Sophomore, Psychology Major, Sherman Heights

"It became more quiet on campus after the shooting. Before it was noisier. It's either because of the shooting or because we're after the add/drop deadline.

"I feel safe. The security's been good ever since I've been here. But like in Virginia, it could happen anytime. I hope not, but it could.

"I haven't seen anybody who I thought could do something like that. But I wouldn't want to become biased against everybody who I thought could be a threat.

"People want to protect themselves. Basically, at Virginia Tech, I think it was everyone for himself or herself. I probably would have been the same way, but I think I would have tried to warn some people and help them escape."

Stephen Swanson, 20, City College, Sophomore, Geology Major, Newport, Kentucky

"We had some discussions in class, but other than that, no. It wasn't like a hot topic among my peers.

"It did affect me. This kind of thing is happening, it seems, more and more often.

"I know we have great instruction here, and if anybody had a problem, I would hope that they know that they could talk to somebody. The problem seems to be that these kids are never really given the attention that they need. They're just left to the wayside. That's bad for anybody. And that could happen to anybody.

"I have faith in the law, in the police. I've never had a problem, because I don't really move outside of my boundaries. If I have a problem with somebody, I know that there are people I could talk to. I've never felt like I need to protect myself.

"I don't see the security much on campus, but I've heard of them being called before. But I've never heard of a big problem on campus here.

"I can only imagine what it would be like to be sitting back in my chair and somebody walks in holding a gun. I can't say I would have jumped up and done something. I would have had a fear of being shot before I ever got to him. It must have been a very tough situation.

"I don't profile. I can't say that I've seen anyone who might do something like that, because I don't have the basis to profile anyone."

Alano Aviles, 20, City College, Sophomore, Computer Information Systems Major, North Park

"For a while, it did seem somber around here after the shooting. Like the mood just changed.

"We received e-mails from the college that outlined new emergency procedures if any situations like the one at Virginia Tech should arise. And they changed a few things on campus. For example, in the cafeteria, there used to be doors that you needed a key to lock, but now they have deadbolts where you can just lock them and unlock them by hand.

"That kind of thing could happen anywhere, although you have this feeling like it couldn't happen to me, it couldn't happen here. But it definitely could.

"I don't usually notice other people very much, so I haven't seen anyone who I thought could do something like that.

"You know, if someone has a gun, you'd think it would be nice to be the hero. But most people would rather hide and try to live instead of risking everything. I'd probably be the same way.

"I don't think it would be better if everyone had guns, because then there would be even more bullets flying around. And I don't know how much it would help to have tighter security. I mean, you can only be so safe. It really comes down to freedom versus safety. You know, how much freedom are you willing to give up to be safe?"

Brendon Quon, 21, USD, Junior, Communications Major, Los Angeles

"I have a safe feeling on campus here, especially in the dormitories. You need an access key to get into our building, and you need one to get into the elevator, and you need one to get into your room. What else can you do? I mean, yeah, you could have doors installed in every classroom that automatically lock and whatnot, but the cost-efficiency isn't great.

"Civilians carrying guns, even for protection, is a really bad idea. Then you'd get people showing off... No, no, no. That's just not smart.

"The shooting at Virginia Tech was kind of a conversation starter. A lot of us talked about it and got other people's opinions. But other than that, I didn't see much on campus that had anything to do with the shooting.

"The morning of, we were watching the whole thing unfold in class. And at first they didn't tell what ethnicity he was. But as soon as they said that he was Asian American, it just felt like a burden on me. I'm not Korean, I'm Chinese. But I just knew it would give people an excuse to make things difficult for Asian Americans.

"If I think about the students in the classrooms that day, and I put myself in their shoes, and if a guy pops into my classroom and starts shooting, there's not much you can do. My first reaction would probably be to duck and cover. But by then, he may already have moved on to another room."

Raymond Murdock, 20,

USD, Sophomore,

Sociology Major,

Phoenix, Arizona

"I don't think the kids around here in general really pay attention as much as you think they would. The shooting did affect me, though. It made me think. It made me think about this society and about what's going on and about what made this young man do what he did.

"I think in any school, or anywhere, where there's people who feel secluded and left out of things, I think it's unfortunately somewhat natural for certain people to be on lower social tiers, I guess you could say. But then you need a perfect combination of extreme emotional and mental problems and violence and knowing how to use a gun, and all of that ties in. I mean, it's not that common for all that to come together. Because there's probably a lot of kids out there who are depressed or who have problems, but we don't have shootings all the time.

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