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You wake up in the morning to yet another mass shooting. https://cnn.it/3spRvPS

Forty-five in the last month alone. https://cnn.it/3afv5eb

Just another day in America.

This one was in Indianapolis. Tennessee. Texas. But it could have been anywhere in the United States. Small town, big city, rural, urban, suburban. Anywhere. Any time.

More than one a day for the last month alone.

Eight dead in Indianapolis. So far. Details at 11.

Mass shootings are now so common, reporters don’t need to write new stories. They can make a standardized form for reporting mass shootings. Then just fill in the blanks between/with the clichés. The news is not new. It often doesn’t rise to the level of news.

Police arrived to ______ [a very chaotic scene] [shocking carnage]

The motive for the shooting was _____ [not immediately known] [suspected terrorism] [not suspected terrorism]

The gunman had at least _____ [one weapon — “a rifle of some sort”] [an AR-15 with high-capacity magazines] [multiple firearms] [a massive arsenal legally acquired] [rifles, a shotgun & pistols] [a machine gun]

Witnesses heard _____ [ten shots] [dozens of shots] [too many shots to count] [a pause while the gunman reloaded & resumed firing]

The number of dead is _______ [any number four or larger up to 60 (so far)] and the number injured is [any number up to 867 (so far)]

The company was _________ [deeply shocked and saddened] [heartbroken] [shaken] by _______ [senseless act of violence] [tragic loss of life]

Safety is _______ [our top/highest priority] [taken very seriously]

The Governor/Mayor/Police Chief/Members of Congress offer_______ [condolences] [heartfelt sympathies] [thoughts and prayers to ________ [victims and their families] [friends and co-workers] [all who are affected] [everyone]

        Flags will be _______ [lowered] [at half mast]

The shooter ______ [took his own life] [was killed by responding police] [died at the scene of unknown causes]

Number of security guards employed by the company to defend employees _____ [none]

Statement from the National Rifle Association said _______ [thoughts and prayers to victims] [nothing]

Number of “good guys with guns” who stopped the shooter ______ [none]

Steps taken by state governments and Congress to limit access to rapid fire weapons of war and keep weapons from hands of unstable people [none] [none] [none]