Much love and comfort to everyone impacted by the shooting in Virginia yesterday.

What is wrong with America? Really. These shootings–and their frequency over the years–are not the sign of a healthy society.

I remember that Julie Brown song, “The Homecoming Queen’s Got a Gun.” In 1987 or so it was funny, in that black comedy sort of way, because the premise was so far out and fantastical, so utterly impossible and removed from reality. It’s painful–so painful I don’t really let myself fully contemplate it–how much has changed in twenty years.

Gun control laws are part of it, of course. But there’s something else, much deeper down inside American culture that’s seriously broken. The question is, is it irrevocably broken–and if not, how can we begin the process of repair?

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