This Virginia school shooting is being billed as the worst episode of gun violence in our nation's history. That's only because the people writing the headlines can't read, can't think, and can't remember anything that occurred before the last five years.
Take, for example, the Mountain Meadows massacre. Somehow 100 to 140 deaths sounds a little more serious than 33. I could also mention Indian wars, rebellions, and who knows how many other incidents.
I'm with pudge: it was a terrible tragedy, but to be honest, it doesn't affect me near as much as the media says it should. Pretending it has more historical significance than it does doesn't help that.