Carnage as usual

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We've gotten pretty good at it, haven't we? "It" being the societal handling of mass shootings. We fly flags at half-mast, lay a couple of wreaths, mouth the usual platitudes and move on.

The little quotidian shootings by ones and twos don't even raise a ripple. It takes about a dozen even to get national notice. But they, too, will be "gotten over" and nothing will really happen to keep guns out of the hands of people who really should not have them. During just the prior week, apparently Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis bought another gun -- cleared the background check and all.

Just death as usual. Business as usual -- thanks, basically, to the National Rifle Association and the manufacturers of guns and ammunition, somewhat feckless politicians and men who think that having a gun is an absolute right.

CAROLE McINTYRE
Waynesburg


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