Plant your shovel in the internet and you’ll find one event described that way, and then another.

The 60 to 150 African-Americans shot and hanged by a mob of white men in Colfax, Louisiana, in 1873.

as a single incident in which four or more people are killed.

The next four countries with the most mass shootings had 54 combined.

This, of course, has already happened with the mass shooting on Sunday in Las Vegas that left at least 58 people dead and hundreds more injured.

And the distorted image we get by using one as a lens through which to view the other has consequences for our understanding of the problem and the policies that might address it.

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