Thanks for reading it, Mike. I appreciate your perspective from across the pond. What I hope is that most folks over here are not ready to turn the election into a Wild West movie. I think those who see guns as the answer are outliers. Still, the number of those outliers seems alarming.

My heart goes out to France today, too, after hearing of the knife attacks in Nice. But I understand your point. Terrorism is not the same thing as an anxious citzenry reaching for guns.

I've just come indoors from moving a tree that fell across my driveway during Zeta's overnight stampede. Clearly the the earth is unsettled. No wonder her children are, too.

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