( CNN) This generation of Americans has been lashed by a revolting wave of mass shootings. It’s hard to come to terms with events like Fort Hood, Sandy Hook or San Bernardino. The recent carnage of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was the worst terrorist attack on the United States since September 11, 2001. Because the gunman Omar Mateen targeted LGBT citizens, the event doubled as an anti-gay hate crime.
It’s even been said that President Barack Obama has become the nation’s sorrow counselor. On 15 different occasions he has flown Us air force One to the killing zone du jour, delivered words of faith and annoyance, hugged victims’ households, and then gone back to other White House work. Someday there will be historical monuments placed at all the tragic sites at which Obama was Mourner-in-Chief — as if they were battlegrounds.