By Glen and Linda Smith
“When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.” So observes Claudius in the play Hamlet.
Certainly personal trials often come in multiples, while collective sorrows and even tragedies daily abound. We need not be news junkies to apprehend their frequency and sadness. Plane crashes, floods, tornadoes, typhoons—we are bombarded by the stark reality of the suffering. Yet perhaps none of these tragedies slam us with more emotional impact than school shootings.