Reading Larry McMurtry’s reflections on Saturday’s shooting in Tucson was a gloomy way to start my day. McMurtry, the author of Lonesome Dove and about a thousand other books and screenplays, lives and writes in Tucson, and he shops at the Safeway where twenty people (twenty!) were killed or wounded by a single deranged shooter. “Ours is a culture in which shooting sprees have become almost commonplace,” McMurtry writes at the NYRblog, and the truth of this simple statement has settled uncomfortably onto the lap of my morning.
“Meanwhile, the dead are dead, the wounded are wounded, and except for twenty families, some of them now broken, the violent stream of American life goes on absolutely unchanged.”