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A man was shot for texting at a movie. This isn’t an anomaly in America

The spontaneous shooting of a father over some texting and tossed popcorn had barely grabbed our attention when the headlines came about the even more horrific crime in New Mexico. Both were senseless, both all the more riveting for their quotidian settings. The antsy atmosphere of a pre-screening theater, the casual boredom of…

Atrocities such as the Boston bombing are hard to tackle, but gun crime isn’t

The greatest threat to US citizens is not one-off terror attacks, but the menace that comes with mass gun-ownership Nobody knows why he did it. But that hasn’t stopped them speculating. In retrospect, from the testimony of those who knew him, there were signs. But nobody could have predicted anything…