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“The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history”

Not just the deadliest on campus, but the deadliest ever. I suppose it depends on how we define “mass shooting”–the phrase makes my mind turn to Wounded Knee or Fort Pillow–and there’s no need to make a fetish of this. Still, that’s how AP is currently describing what happened today at Virginia Tech:

Up until Monday, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history was in Killeen, Texas, in 1991, when George Hennard drove his pickup into a Luby’s Cafeteria and shot 23 people to death, then himself.

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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