NOTE: The following column was written and titled two days prior to the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. While I believe the content is that much more relevant, the events in Newtown are so horrific that I apologize if the following piece appears blithe by comparison.
Quick question- is the following a news headline or a statement so ubiquitous it might well be classified as cliche?
“Masked gunman opens fire in crowded public place, killing several before taking his own life”
The answer, of course, is that this line not only describes the latest mass shooting …