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We have been here be­fore. Many times. And we will re­turn again. Many times.

Yet again we are in the af­ter­math of in­com­pre­hen­si­ble vi­o­lence or tragedy. No an­swers are forth­com­ing. They may never be.

By the time you read this the num­ber of peo­ple killed in Amer­ica’s worst mass shoot­ing will, no doubt, have risen. More than 500 peo­ple were wounded. Who knows what the fi­nal toll will be.

What we do know is that this lat­est mas­sacre will set off a pre­dictable de­bate. Amer­ica’s gun lovers will once again step for­ward to em­u­late their hero Charl­ton He­ston; they will raise their var­i­ous weapons of mass de­struc­tion and yell: ‘‘Out of my cold, dead hands.’’

And they will find a will­ing ally in the White House. Pres­i­dent Donald Trump has al­ready ex­pressed his sym­pa­thy for the vic­tims but he will make no moves nor spon­sor any ac­tion that sep­a­rates his sup­port­ers from their beloved guns.

Tens of thou­sands of deaths ev­ery year and all-too reg­u­lar mas­sacres are not enough to shake these zealots and their rep­re­sen­ta­tives from their thrall.

The only thing we know for cer­tain is that there will be plenty of sound and fury, which will ul­ti­mately sig­nify noth­ing.

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