It's so easy to become desensitised to the true horrors of armed violence when we hear immense numbers like millions and thousands. It becomes possible to overlook the grief and pain of the family members left behind, to ignore the unthinkable pain of death and torture experienced by children, women and men, inflicted by the barrel, or bullet, of a gun.
Much has already been written about the tragic events of 14 December in Newtown, Connecticut. It's hard to think of anything much worse than twenty small children being gunned down just before Christmas, for doing nothing worse than attending school. But what is the global perspective on this awful event?
Christmas is traditionally quite a gendered holiday, especially when it comes to children. Here are some lovely dolls to buy for the girls in your life, and some toy dinosaurs for the boys. And don't forget about the miniature cooking utensils and vacuum cleaners - learning how to keep house is, of course, all girls really want and need.
Sunday the President faced one of his saddest duties, attending yet another memorial service resulting from one more horrific mass shooting. The President headed to Newtown, Connecticut to try to be 'Healer-in-Chief' again for the families of the schoolchildren and adults who were brutally murdered on Friday.