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Where's The Outrage?

This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.

This week, I went to that schoolyard in Newark where those college kids were shot, execution-style.

Three dead, one still in bad shape. The young woman who survived very bravely helped identify the attackers. The neighborhood around the school is good — well-kept homes, a beautiful park across the street. Hard to imagine it happened here, but then I saw a metal door on the school yard dented by dozens of bullets.

I asked New York Times columnist Bob Herbert to meet me there. Herbert told me he's seen this tragedy in cities big and small across the country. In a column this week, he wrote that 100,000 Americans have been murdered since the 9/11 attacks six years ago.

One hundred thousand people dead — many of them young people and many of them shot or stabbed. Yet, where is the outrage? Where is the outcry? How has all this death somehow become tolerable?

How can this possibly be a normal part of American life?

Harry's daily commentary can be heard on many CBS Radio News affiliates across the country.
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