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The All-American Massacre

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Most of the dead have been buried; the president has offered sympathy but no solutions; and investigators are left to seek a motive for a madman’s lethal eruption. The mass shooting in Las Vegas followed a familiar script, largely written in Washington, DC – and faithfully reflecting a national history shaped by slavery, racism, and war. 

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