In government, corporate and nonprofit offices across the country are women who are smart, work hard and care about their profession but are regularly ignored because they are viewed as too mousy or too pouty or too inexperienced or too something.
Our responses may not make intellectual sense tomorrow, or whenever this calms down (hopefully with no or minimal additional violence), when we can look back at things in the cool calm of rational hindsight, but they make emotional sense now. Because we are afraid.
There's a little of Christopher Dorner, without the violence, in all of us. That terrible loss of faith in this country expressed in Dorner's manifesto, and experienced daily by many disgruntled Americans these days, is the true state of our union.