Las Ve­gas hor­ror had de­press­ingly fa­mil­iar for­mat

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Trevor Noah, the South African co­me­dian who presents Com­edy Cen­tral’s Daily Show, strikes a de­press­ing note. He ar­rived in Amer­ica two years ago – and counted 30 mass shoot­ings since. “Peo­ple are be­com­ing more ac­cus­tomed to the news. We’re shocked, sad, thoughts and prayers, then peo­ple will say, what­ever you do… don’t talk about guns.”

Which is why, in a macabre way, Las Ve­gas left me cu­ri­ously un­moved. Sense­less vi­o­lence? Yes. Com­mu­ni­ties griev­ing? Yes. Ways for­ward? Nil. Ex­haus­tive cov­er­age, some­how to such a set rou­tine as to seem al­most be­side the point. All the Man­dalay Bay hor­ror had to of­fer was the smash­ing of mass gun death records. Big­ger, blood­ier, and just worse.

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