I don't know. I'm outraged too. I'm upset too. But when our media chooses random deaths to focus on for weeks; when our president chooses random cities to console -- that brings our perspective into question.
In April, Obama's numbers returned to a normal level, after experiencing a very short post-election "honeymoon period" with the public which bounced his numbers up to a peak, and then bounced them right back down again.
To my daughters, a bad day simply means "time out" and a meal without dessert. Bad guys look like Darth Vader and the Joker and they don't know about Adam Lanza or Timothy McVeigh. I fear those conversations are coming one day soon.
Congress has just spent an agonizing several weeks debating background checks for gun purchasers and whether such checks would violate the second amendment. Yet at the moment there is no law to stop foreigners from electronically sending bomb-making instructions into the United States.
While both sides can lapse into "content bias," should the following facts alter pre-conceived views: the Boston bombers were young Muslim men; some sarin gas was detected in Syria; the Reinhart-Rogoff study is flawed? Erick Erickson and Ron Reagan debate.
It seems everyone who knew them characterized their embrace of pot smoking as evidence of their integration into the norms of American student life in high school, college and young adult communities -- even if they sometimes were obnoxious neighbors throwing loud, drunken parties.
While I am in awe of the power of a disaster to raise enormous amounts of funds in a short time for victims, I am also struck by a corollary -- how difficult it is for community agencies to raise funds to do similar kinds of work on a day-to-day basis.
The thing that struck me was the number of spectators who returned to the scene, and I keep hearing about more. That man in the cowboy hat, pinching off someone's exposed artery with his bare hands. The woman who ran back to the site to cradle a child.