American barbarism

What the Las Vegas massacre reveals about the veneer of our civilization

Concertgoers flee the scene.
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The truly astonishing thing isn't that America's mass shootings are quickly becoming ever more deadly. It's that there aren't far more, and far bloodier, massacres in the United States.

Think of all the crowds: On city streets. At sporting events and concerts and move theaters. On campuses. At the mall. Dozens, hundreds, even thousands of people gathered together in public spaces — unarmed, unprotected, vulnerable to advanced technologies of violence, available for purchase in countless varieties all around us.

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