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September 18, 2013

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What number dead here would it have taken to give the nation real pause? There were 12 dead yesterday and none was taken.

For most of the day, while 12 people lay shot to death where they’d been trying to get into work and grab some breakfast, Major League Baseball thought it might hold a game a few blocks away. I’d like to believe dignity and reason and compassion prevailed in the late afternoon, but my gut tells me it was just logistics. No worries, sports fans, there’s a double header today.

The President walked to a microphone and perfunctorily noted that “yet another mass shooting” had occurred. He required no moment of pause to get control of his emotions, as he did at the podium after the last mass shooting, in Newtown. Perhaps because he knew that the massacre of 20 children and six teachers changed nothing when it…

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