At the risk of seeming to be insensitive, I'm sorry for the victims and their families, but really, this is becoming just another day in the news.
The airwaves and front pages scream and blare, “Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History,” “Gunman Kills 59, Wounds Over 500,” and on and on.
If there is anything we should have learned from the Vietnam War, body counts are not an accurate measure of damage. They just feed our obsession with larger numbers.
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Count the ripples from the center of the mayhem to see how many are touched by that eruption in their world. Family, friends, co-workers and neighbors are never factored into the body count, but many of them die along with their loved one but don’t know it until months or years later.
Let’s not kid ourselves, the next “crazed gunman” is out there right now, amassing his arsenal, converting those he can to fully automatic, collecting ammunition and using Google Earth to research targets.
Gun nuts and anti-gun nuts will each mount their soapboxes and repeat their mantras endlessly, repeatedly injecting the 1-800 number or web address for donations. 2018 is just ahead up and there is a new congress to buy.
Jim Doyle, Fresno