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Back to normal in the good old USA!

I woke up thinking, now that all the election craziness is over, it will be nice to get back to normal for a while. I went on my morning bike ride, settled into my writing room, booted up my laptop, checked my emails, checked my overnight book sales, and maneuvered over to Huff Post. Greeting me there was news of another mass shooting—this time at least twelve people were murdered. And you don’t need a script to know how the rest of the day will proceed:

Trump will condemn the shooting and say, “it wouldn’t have happened if the bar had armed guards,” Republicans will do nothing but offer thoughts and prayers, and ammosexuals will make mass purchases of guns and ammo—as they always do after mass shootings. Yes, we’re back to normal in the good old USA!

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