A lot of people contacted me over the weekend and asked what it was like to live - as I do - a 15-minute drive from last week's mass killings here in Colorado.
I said, "I get the feeling I've been through this before. Several times. And, sadly, I get the feeling that we'll go through it again."
A former coworker's daughter was killed in 2006 during an invasion at a Platte Canyon High School in nearby Bailey, Colorado. I see him frequently on cable shows discussing subsequent violent attacks, with considerably more restraint and resolve than the Columbine parents have shown in our incessant local and national coverage.
A young man who went on a shooting rampage in 2007 in both Denver and at a church in Colorado Springs lived less than a mile from our office. Like the Columbine debacle, he'd purchased an assault rifle despite some fairly obvious mental issues and then managed to keep it around his house without his parents noticing, or doing anything.