But that has all ended.
Finally, we have to accept that no place is safe, and everyone is now a suspect.
If Sutherland Springs can become a national tragedy, the coffee shop or roadhouse where you planned to enjoy lunch on your next trip west is of equal risk. You must sit facing the door and size up everyone who enters and wonder if they might be a tortured soul with a weapon. Shopping in your small-town grocery store, you will feel compelled to look around while making a decision on breakfast cereals. Does the man lingering at the end of the aisle look like he has something under his coat?
This is the culture of fear we have decided is acceptable.
And one of them did.
, which is what the 26 people in Sutherland Springs were doing when they died.
Keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our brave first responders on the scene.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 5, 2017
Prayer has not fixed this, nor will it.
And I'll probably also be looking over my shoulder.
An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the gunman's mother-in-law as a victim of the shooting; multiple friends told