By Matt Horan
It’s happened once again. A person with a gun walks into a crowded school and begins shooting people, and then kills themselves. We spend a few hours piecing together the details, watching police chiefs and sheriffs nervously giving (sometimes their first ever) press conferences, and watch live footage of families waiting for word on the safety of their children so we can catch the moment live when someone receives the horrible news and collapses in shrieking agony and grief. A day or two later we review the names and hear the stories of what we’ve lost.
A little later on, when several news cycles have passed, the latest school shooting becomes one more on a growing list. It will fade from the front page, and assume it’s place on Wikipedia. You see, we’ll need it there, because, sadly, there have been too many of these now for us to be able to recall them all. We will need to bring them all up when the debates ensue about gun control, so there they stay, ready to be Googled when needed by either side. Read the rest of this entry »