They’re doing an active shooter drill at Wrigley Field today

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Ah, 2016. Such a magical year. An election presenting us with a choice between two noted and respected statespeople, peace and harmony abounding and at least a couple of our beloved entertainers and artists not yet dying. Really, can’t ask for a better year.

Into that mix comes this wonderful sign of the times: seven hours worth of “active shooter drills” at Wrigley Field today, complete with “simulated ammunition and flash bangs.” From the Chicago Tribune:

Chicago police say the drill was planned months ago to coincide with Major League Baseball’s All-Star break this week. Cubs spokesman Julian Green says the team is happy to partner with law enforcement on the exercise to ensure a safe and secure environment.

Someone will probably say that this is necessary in today’s world, and I suppose there’s nothing wrong with being prepared. It does make me wonder why we spend so much time and effort training for our responses to disaster rather than doing more to prevent them in the first place, but that’s a different topic altogether.

Anyway, enjoy your freedoms and safety, citizens. Just remember: every single thing you enjoy could turn into a horrific tragedy at any moment! Play ball!