For journalists, especially critics, it is common practice when television and other media focus on a horrific event to write something about it. Once the details set in, the words tend to come easy. But not this time. Not after Uvalde. Not for me, anyway. Because when it comes to school shootings (and mass murders in general) I haven't any words left. Everything I have to say I have sadly said before -- most notably on December 12, 2014, two years after the murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.; and again on February 21, 2018, one week after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 students dead and many others seriously injured, and again on December 21, 2018, when I declared that CNN's live two-hour town hall titled Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action was the Top Program of that year.
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