Thoughts and prayers turn out to be just as effective at curbing mass shootings in this video game as they are in real life. Imagine that!

The social media cycle of tragedy is like a terrible, well-rehearsed dance by now. The name of an American city surges on Twitter’s trending topics. Everybody gets the sinking, overly familiar feeling that it means a bunch of people just got shot. The practically numb average citizen resumes tweeting an ongoing monologue of despair. And the politicians who indirectly let it happen again offer the same two responses: thoughts and prayers.

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