Column: Despite recent headlines, violence is waning

A Utah mother is accused of strangling six of her infants and stuffing them in her garage. A Connecticut 16-year-old allegedly stabs a girl in the neck because she wouldn’t go with him to the prom. Another 16-year-old, this one in Pennsylvania, is arrested for stabbing 20 classmates and a security guard.

Fort Hood was the scene of another shooting, the second in five years, with a soldier killing three colleagues (13 died in 2009). A white supremacist in a suburb of Kansas City is charged with killing three on the eve of Passover. We recently marked the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. And any list of recent extreme violence need mention the atrocity of Sandy Hook, where 20 first-graders and six adults were executed in December 2012.

Anyone can see that we live in times of unprecedented violence, right?

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