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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, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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