It’s only been a month and a half since Omar Mateen opened fire into the crowded Pulse nightclub on a warm Orlando night. Shortly afterwards, Second Amendment advocates, citing the event, encouraged Trump supporters to bring firearms and plastic shields to rallies “for protection.” Just a few weeks ago, three consecutive days brought us, rapid-fire, the police shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge; the image of Philando Castile bleeding in his girlfriend’s arms; and the chaotic scatter of bodies when a military veteran picked off cops as “payback.” This summer, like the summers preceding it, our feeds are clotted with the genres of media that inevitably follow tragedy: invitations to vigils, video testimonies of the vengeful and the grieving, footage of police in full-on riot gear marching, absurdly, in formation towards lines of protesters on suburban streets. But this summer, unlike other summers, those police also deployed the first known domestic use of a “bomb robot,” against the sniper in Dallas. By late July, in Baton Rouge, another shooting left three more officers dead. The summer of 2016 opened with a knife fight between neo-Nazis and a nebulous group of counter-protesters; a KKK leader just announced he’s running for… Read full this story
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