Here's a sampling of the headlines from my local newspaper this morning.
TWO CARS EXCHANGE GUNFIRE IN BELLE GLADE NEAR SCHOOL
THREE DEAD IN SHOOTING AT N. INDIANA GROCERY STORE
DOLPHIN'S QB'S WIFE LEAVES RIFLE IN RENTAL CAR
FATHER OF TEENS KILLED BY WIFE ASKS PUBLIC TO DONATE MONEY TO DREYFOOS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS (the wife shot the teens to death before shooting herself)
I wish these stories were unusual, but in reality they're the new normal in a gun-crazy society where even modest attempts at regulation are met with howls of outrage (see the story I posted on Tuesday). Future generations will look back on us and ask "what were they thinking?!" in the same way we look back at previous eras and wonder how they could blithely accept social evils that seems so obviously wrong in the light of history.
In the meantime here's the body count from yesterday.