For most of us waking up last Friday morning, the news that eight Hoosiers had been killed in a massacre at a FedEx facility wasn’t so much a surprise as a “shock” that it had finally happened here.

There had been 54 mass shooting events since March in the United States and, according to Gun Violence Archive, 147 such lethal “incidents” in 2021 alone. As this article was being written Tuesday afternoon, an “active shooter” situation was underway in West Hempstead, N.Y.

Brian A. Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana at Find him on Facebook or Twitter @hwypol

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