Friday open thread—More of the new normal
I fired up Twitter this morning, and saw a familiar word on the trending list: Noblesville.
Noblesville, IN, happens to be where my wife grew up. It's a small town outside of Indianapolis. It's being quickly built out. When I first met her, and I'd go visit her, I'd see cornfields next to solitary office buildings. The farmland is gone, as more people move into the exurbs.
Today, our peculiar institution has struck again. Noblesville West Middle School was subjected to an active shooter.
Reports indicate one injured, no dead, and the shooter in custody.
Because of the small amount of damage, I expect the news to vanish from Twitter and the news websites within a couple of hours. Not enough blood and carnage to merit too much attention.
It's wonderful that we can assimilate this information and then move on. It places one in a position of equanimity. To paraphrase Stalin: one death is a tragedy, a million deaths are the price of freedom. The NRA and their bought-and-paid-for legislative allies thank you for your sacrifice.
At least no one was fed to Moloch this time. But there's always a next time. Check back in a week or so.
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