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The Question (ID Number 399)...

    I wonder if the recent school massacre in Colorado strikes you as yet another manifestation of the phenomenon of "the Boiling Frog," which you
    described in The Story Of B.

    ...and the response:

    This is exactly what it is, and there's every reason to suppose that
    each successive manifestation of the phenomenon will be worse than the ones
    that came before (as the water becomes hotter and hotter and hotter). Since
    1997 two people were killed in an attack at a school in Pearl, Miss., three
    at West Paducah, Ky., and five at Jonesboro, Ark. Now we jump to fifteen at
    Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. It doesn't take a genius to
    predict that future massacres will be even more horrendous. And now we have
    Attorney General Janet Reno talking about "preventing" such tragedies.
    Children can no more be "prevented" from going postal in a society that has
    deprived them of hope and meaning than the skin can be "prevented" from
    blistering in scalding water.


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