Is it safe anywhere anymore?
That's the question we keep asking ourselves and each other. No place seems to offer a haven from all this craziness, and the massacre in Las Vegas has only helped to underscore that growing unease.
Over the past few days I've heard several people -- regular, even-keeled men and women -- wonder aloud about attending a public event, shopping at a crowded mall, strolling through a fall festival. Every venue seems to double as a potential killing field. Instead of looking at our common spaces as places to bring a community together, we're now training a wary eye at potential escape routes. Suddenly horrific is all too possible.