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The quiet killer at the core of patriotism

What? Another mass murder?

Almost missed this one: Virginia Beach. Twelve killed on May 31, plus the killer himself, who was a city employee -- an engineer. He had legitimate access to the building where he shot people on three floors. His guns were legally purchased. Nothing about him, prior to the tragedy, indicated he was unhinged.

Except, well, an anonymous source told the New York Times "the suspect had no history of behavioral problems until recently, when he had begun acting strangely and getting into physical 'scuffles' with other city workers."

So something had come loose -- and the passing news coverage

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