While I have been know to have fun firing off an AK 47 here and there (usually when my Dutch pals come over to visit), I am now truly wondering - are gun related massacres now part of our culture? Do disaffected people feel this is an OK way to express themselves? Extreme Seasonal Affective Disorder? I mean, Richard Poplawski in a bullet-proof vest guns down three policemen in Pittsburgh. Jiverly Wong shoots 14 to death in Binghamton, New York. Robert Stewart kills eight at a nursing home in North Carolina. Devan Kalathat, five in Santa Clara, California. Cop-killer Lovelle Mixon, four in Oakland. Michael McLendon, ten across two rural counties in Alabama. All these (43 altogether) happened over the last 26 days. I had an experience 2 weeks ago - a coworker of mine (a manager I supervise) said, "Oh I just got a text message from Chris _____. He says he is in the area and is coming to visit us at our team meeting". I said to her, "But... I fired him, doesn't he know he can't come in the building?" Before I could get those words out, he was here - visiting us, in a room with filled with staff and him blocking the exit. I was seriously sweating and thinking about the "What if's" of a guy who I fired coming back to "visit". Luckily it was OK, but I really found myself doing some quick 'exit strategy' planning. What's your take on this? Is this part of the new US culture?