UD‘s beloved DeLillo stars in the New Yorker’s account of the YouTube killings.

There will be a temptation to read the attack as a dark parable of the attention economy — the story of someone so hungry for views that she took a handgun to those who, in her belief, had limited them. But the truer story is that going berserk with guns has become a way of American life.

Correct. Guns are now the way America’s berserk turn down the bed and turn out the lights.

[E]very country contains mentally ill and potentially violent people. Only America arms them.

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2 Responses to ““It was crisis as if sprung from the imagination of Don DeLillo…””

  1. dmf Says:

    don’t think it’s measurable case to case but I would say that having arms on hand may well edge people closer to violence.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    dmf: Certainly arms on hand seem to edge significant numbers of people closer to suicide. Impulsivity plus handy guns probably means a greater inclination toward violence against others as well.

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