In the struggle to comprehend the sheer madness of America's fascination with guns and the death and destruction that follow quite logically in its wake, I must say the shooting tragedies of the past couple weeks haven't followed the sequential continuum of horror quite the way I expected.
If you'd asked me in say....early December, "What will be the next hideous and awful mass killing to shock the nation?" I would have said, "Well, since we've already had a sitting congresswoman shot through the head in an Arizona shopping mall, six people killed in a religious temple in Wisconsin and dozens mowed down in a Colorado movie theater, the next most ghastly way to terrify the nation would probably be, oh...how about a guy who lights his own house on fire and then starts taking pot-shots at the firemen?" What could possibly be the odds of that happening? And what could possibly be worse?
Who could have predicted that the "man-shoots-firefighters" incident would come after the "20-tiny-schoolchildren-and-six-teachers-torn-to-pieces-by-deranged-gunman" incident? I just assumed these tragedies would get progressively more dreadful, which begs the question, what will happen next to one up a kindergarten extermination?
"Gunman at baptismal ceremony?" "Gunman in neonatal unit?"