To the Editor:

Re “Florida Shooting Suspect Displayed Flashes of Rage and Other Warning Signs” (front page, Feb. 16):

Every time there is a mass shooting, and a suspect is identified, endless media attention is devoted to examination of the alleged perpetrator’s behavior and demeanor before the tragedy. The implication seems to be, if only people had paid attention, the carnage somehow could have been prevented. The truth is, there will always be angry young men, and angry older men, and women, too.

And, although very few of us are potential mass murderers, who among us has never felt “flashes of rage”? I feel one every time I read another gun-rights advocate piously offer “thoughts and prayers” to relatives and friends of the victims of assault weapon violence.


To the Editor:

In response to the news that President Trump is going to visit the high school in Parkland, Fla., to offer his condolences, the obvious question is, “Is President Trump capable of empathy?” In his responses to tragedies like these, he seems to be going through the motions, feigning feelings through words that don’t seem to be his own, likely written by his staff.

It is impossible to imagine Mr. Trump overcome by emotion and breaking down in tears, as President Obama did in talking about Sandy Hook. The only emotions he shows are rage and affront, at imagined slights to his own stature. He shows no feeling for anyone else’s suffering. He should just go golfing, and stop pretending to care.