On Thursday, Louisiana’s Lafayette General Medical Center, the hospital that tended to victims of the July movie theater shooting, sent ten pizzas to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Oregon, as they struggled to keep up with incoming victims after a shooting at Umpqua Community College left 10 dead and seven others injured.
The Lafayette hospital knew to make the show of solidarity because when they were dealing with their own massacre, the Waco, Texas hospital that had treated victims of a motorcycle gang gun fight had done the same.
The continuous string of mass shootings in the United States has created the pizza tradition among hospitals forced to deal with the aftermath of gun violence. “Our ER director sent them directly. It’s really touching for the staff but it’s sad that different facilities keep paying it forward because it’s a shame this keeps happening,” Daryl Cetnar, spokesman of the Lafayette hospital, told Newsweek after the pizzas were delivered to the Oregon medical center.
This is a tradition that should not exist.
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