FWIW, I saw the opening clause in the essay and wondered whether mass shootings occur frequently enough to be considered "routine." After all, the only ones I knew about were the ones that make it onto the national news. Surprisingly, it turns out there were almost 480 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2016. We're at 344 for 2017, seven of which occurred since Paddock killed nearly 60 people in Las Vegas. That's an average of more than one mass shooting per day! Dear, God! I shudder to think of the list of routine "bad things" that occur and that don't happen even once a day and we are more committed to bringing them to a halt, one way or another.