I keep thinking of the old definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If that's right, then our whole country is insane-- we weep and mourn after every school shooting (how many of them now?!), but what changes are we making? The changes might be better mental health care, tighter gun control, or reorienting a culture that actively discourages peacefulness and respect for human dignity, but the status quo is officially insanity.
I'm terribly sad, but there is no part of me that is at all surprised that yet another gunman has killed children and those who nurture them. What will it take for us to look for the conditions that have made this the new normal?
I don't have the answers, but I am absolutely certain that moving ahead in the same exact way will bring us right back to where we are this week. We're clearly failing on a lot of levels.