Lamorinda Patch couldn't let an enthusiastic review for an action movie stand in the wake of a new roster of dead and wounded thudding into the national psyche, this time from Aurora, Colorado.
We refrain from offering oft-repeated platitudes of regret and condolence as the words are starting to sound hollow and pale in the face of such another mass killing. We join the country in mourning the loss of people doing nothing more than sitting in a theatre, watching a movie.
Having had more than a little exposure to incidents of this type, and being mindful students of how human beings react in circumstances such as this, we listen to the parade of excited witnesses and wince at the questions of some reporters attempting to reconstruct a nightmare.
At this point we are left to wonder with everyone else why a young and obviously troubled young man would arm himself with multiple weapons and walk into a movie theater -- firing into the crowd until his ammunition gave out.
And how, like others we have seen in places like Columbine, Tucson, and Virginia Tech -- they are able to kill so many people they don't know so coldly.
This story is breaking far off our "Patch," but we join the people of Aurora, CO in mourning -- and attempting to understand -- this latest wound to the national psyche.