One Horrific Mass Shooting Follows Another

Today brought news of another mass shooting.  They all seem to be inexplicable, but this one was inexplicable, squared:  three heavily armed, masked gunman show up at the Inland Regional Center, a social services center in San Bernardino and begin firing; the present count is 14 dead and 17 wounded, at least 10 of whom are in critical condition.

California ShootingsWhy would anyone want to attack a social services center that helps developmentally disabled people?

At this point, no one has said what the motive was, but one thing is clear — the people came armed and intending to kill many people.  Authorities say they were “on a mission.”  Whether that mission was a random terrorist attack, or a revenge massacre by crazed former employees, or some other scenario, we don’t know.  The fact that we are talking about a group of attackers using sophisticated weaponry who fled the scene, rather than a lone lunatic armed with handguns who ends up committing suicide after he’s committed his evil deeds, suggests that this incident might turn out to be different from the all-too-distressing norm.

When people are attacking schools and centers for the developmentally disabled, a part of the fabric of our society seems to be irreparably torn.I don’t know what we do to end the cycle of massacres in the United States, but whatever we are doing now just isn’t working.   

Edited to add:  Here’s the latest from the L.A. Times on the shooting.  It looks like there is a lot still to learn about exactly what happened, and why a husband and wife team armed with assault gear chose this target.

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