Bringing the Text to Life
If you can, try to remember how you felt when you heard the news about each of the following events:
• The massacre of 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado by two students in April 1999;
• The killing of five young girls and the wounding of five others in an Amish school by a lone gunman in Pennsylvania in October 2006;
• The slaying of 32 students and teachers at Virginia Tech by a deranged student in April 2007;
• The gunning down of 13 people at a community center in Binghamton, New York, by a lone shooter in April 2009;
• The killing of three women and the wounding of nine others by a lone gunman at a fitness center near Pittsburgh in August 2009;
• The murder of 13 soldiers on the grounds of Fort Hood in Texas last November.
If you’re like most people, you experienced a sense of deep shock and dismay on hearing the news of the first of those events. But unless you were personally connected to a victim of one of the subsequent tragedies, it’s likely that each...