American Ritual

Stages of mass shootings in America: 1) Shock & Horror. Body count. Injured count. Murderer ID. 2) Outrage. Political polarization. Guns v. Ideology. 3) Blame. Disaffected young men. Radical Islam. Homophobes. Racists. Disgruntled workers. Mentally ill. Economically desperate. 4) Sorrow. Victims’ pictures and stories. Makeshift memorials. Flowers & Balloons. 5) Acceptance. Congress never acts. Assault rifles remain easily accessed. On to the next one.