The sentences are deliberately stricken, numb, and declarative.
You numb yourself as you hear the death count rise, and the screams of the mothers who will never hold their children again.
People are numb to these comments because of the Phil Robertson uproar.
I don't know how long I was in there: When I got out all my extremities were numb and I couldn't move.
Have I got shot up with painkillers and Xylocaine and different things to numb areas so I can play?
Now, as then, she felt no disposition to weep or lament; the fountains of her heart were frozen, and she was numb with pain.
Pendray's mind was numb as he opened the air lock of the small craft.
His hands were feeble and numb, but he contrived to unfasten the strap.
The men tear at the sail with their numb fingers till their nails are bleeding.
In the end, with numb fingers, he picked up his ball, and walked slowly back over the empty course.
c.1400, nome, "deprived of motion or feeling," literally "taken, seized," from past participle of nimen "to take, seize," from Old English niman "to take, catch, grasp" (see nimble). The extraneous -b (to conform to comb, limb, etc.) appeared 17c. The notion is of being "taken" with palsy, shock, and especially cold. Figurative use from 1560s.
1550s, from numb (adj.). Related: Numbed; numbing.
Being unable or only partially able to feel sensation or pain; deadened or anesthetized.
Being emotionally unresponsive; indifferent.
Stupid; unresponsive (1950s+)