On Saturday night, rising star Christina Grimmie was shot and killed as she signed autographs for her fans.
Early Sunday morning a man walked into a gay bar that was packed with over 300 people celebrating Pride. Within half an hour, 50 people were dead, more than 50 wounded, and a community was in shock.
Mere hours later, a heavily-armed man who supposedly was on his way to the Los Angeles Pride Parade was arrested. Quick thinking by people on the street could very well have stopped a similar occurrence.
Again. And again. The violence seems to be never-ending. It's happening so often that many people can't even react any more.
Naturally the media is tearing apart the suspects in any way possible - their names, their heritage, their affiliations - looking for anything to lay blame on. Few people are addressing the elephant in the room. Few people want to because pro-gun organizations will most likely shout them down if they do.
I will lay the blame on hatred. Hatred of that which is different: women, gays, members of a specific religion, whatever you can think of. And I blame the coincidence of living in a place where access to high-powered firearms is easy enough so that the avenue to act on that hatred is there.
Twenty children lost their lives to a mentally ill gunman in 2012. Every shooting since then has been followed by platitudes and calls for action but nothing has changed. The United States has become a country where "others" - children, gays, women, people of colour - have become acceptable losses for a culture that insists on having an armed population.
That is no longer a "well-regulated militia". That is anarchy. And a disturbingly high percentage of people want to vote in a leader who wants more of the same.
It's not going to get any better.
Not unless enough people care about what happens to their fellow humans.