Denis Smith, retired from the Ohio Department of Education and now a freelance thinker and writer, opines on the language that is commonly used to describe a mass shooting.

Republicans offer their “thoughts and prayers.”

Democrats want to talk about gun control.

In the meantime, we will have to settle for thoughts and prayers, as American stockpile more guns for the next incident when a good man with a gun is ready to stop a bad man with a gun (except it didn’t happen in Las Vegas, since the gunman was 32 stories high in a hotel), and it didn’t happen in Texas, where gun possession is legal for everyone except the shooter, who had been given a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force for his violent behavior.

To understand guns and violence in the U.S. from an international perspective, look here.

And look here.