“A creeping fear of being caught in a mass rampage has unmistakably settled itself firmly in the American consciousness. People are able to recite with precision how often they think about a mass shooting touching them. Every day. Twice a week. Up to four times a day. Every other day. Every two weeks. Every time they’re in a crowded space. Whenever her teenagers are out. Every time she walks into her office and back to the parking garage. Every day. Every day. Every day.  ‘And they are worrying that the randomness of it, which on one hand makes the odds of something happening to them very small, that randomness also makes it possible to happen to them,’ says Alan Hilfer, the former chief psychologist at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.” — from a 12.3 N.Y. Times survey piece by N.R. Kleinfeld, called “Fear in the Air, Americans Look Over Their Shoulders.”