"Outside, this time, there were cops, rushing over with guns and taking up positions. ... Like a lot of liberals, I’d spent the last couple of years more or less loathing the police, after a lifetime of feeling suspicious and uncomfortable; suddenly, I felt this desperate, yearning love for them. This is when you want the police; this is when you want to love the police."
I'm in awe that 99% of the time society is stable and harmonious when you consider how little it takes to trigger our lizard brain reaction and herd mentality.
We evolved for hundreds of thousands of years being afraid of the noise that lies just behind the fire light...the threat that is close which you cannot see.
It's hard to create a plan of attack when you don't know what you're fighting.
Case in point... http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/08/the-terrifying-jfk-airport-shooting-that-wasnt.html