death hovered above us like a gruesome Bushmaster-toting spectre. Those unaffected by the rising death tolls in places like Syria and Congo were sucker punched in the heart last month as word of the mass murder of 26 people-including 20 six- and seven-year-olds-at a school in Newtown, Connecticut spread across Twitter like a virus. Around the same time, Baltimore's sickening body count-215 murders and counting at press time-sailed past last year's without a pause. And if we weren't consumed enough by the Grim Reaper, on Christmas Eve, an ex-con in Western New York armed, like the Connecticut killer, with a Bushmaster, set a house on fire to lure firefighters into his scope. He killed two and injured two more.