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What’s Depressing?

In response to Southernisms

Some people, determined to see bad faith in those with whom they disagree, are seizing upon my post earlier today in which I said: 

The heinousness of a person who can sit for an hour studying the Bible and then open fire is unfathomable. Even more depressing, if that’s possible, is my suspicion – and I truly hope I’m wrong – that this event will play a role in the 2016 presidential campaign.  

Am I someone who’s more upset about politics than murder, hatred, and death? Um, no. I should have put it more precisely. The feelings of grief, rage, and horror at an atrocity such as we saw last night should be taken for granted among all civilized people. One doesn’t feel “depressed” about an event like a mass shooting. One does get depressed at the cynical uses to which such outrages have lately been put. 

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