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Public Editor: ‘Worst mass shooting’ in US history

Earlier this week, The Globe and Mail and its digital products were heavily focused on the shocking murder of 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub.

Headlines and stories referred to it as “the worst mass shooting in U.S. history” but there has been debate about whether that is precisely correct.

Some readers and staff members noted there have been terrible massacres and mass violence in U.S. history, although not in modern times.

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In 1890, the U.S. army killed more than 100 Sioux at Wounded Knee in South Dakota, one reader noted.

In 1857, 120 people were killed in Utah in a clash involving Mormons and others.

In 1919, at least 100 people, mostly blacks, were killed in Arkansas.

And in 1921, a race riot saw upwards of 300 killed.

This is by no means an exhaustive

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Orlando shooting: Omar Mateen kills at least 50 in America’s worst ever mass shooting

A man armed with an assault rifle and pledging loyalty to Islamic State killed 50 people during a gay pride celebration at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early on Sunday in the deadliest mass shooting in US history, a rampage that president Barack Obama denounced as an act of terror and hate.

Police killed the gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, a New York-born Florida resident and US citizen of Afghan descent. He was twice questioned by FBI agents in recent years, authorities said.

Mateen’s former wife said he was emotionally and mentally disturbed with a violent temper, yet aspired to be a police officer.

Working for the global security firm G4S during the past nine years, Mateen was an armed guard for a gated retirement community in South Florida, and had cleared two company background screenings, the latest in 2013, according to G4S.

Preliminary investigations suggested the attack was inspired by Islamic State militants,

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/13/orlando-shooting-omar-mateen-kills-at-least-50-in-americas-worst/

See more of the latest news on the Orlando shooting at Pulse gay club as gunman shoots at least 50 dead

Shooter Omar Mateen (pictured), 29, from Port St. Lucie in Florida, opened fire at Pulse night club in the early hours of Sunday

Shooter Omar Mateen (pictured), 29, from Port St. Lucie in Florida, opened fire at Pulse night club in the early hours of Sunday

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the the deadliest mass shooting in US history and says the gunman who slaughtered at least 50 innocent party-goers in an Orlando gay club was one of its fighters. 

Shooter Omar Mateen, 29, from Port St. Lucie in Florida, opened fire at Pulse night club in the early hours of Sunday, killing at least 50 people and injuring 53 others.

This is the first time ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on US soil. 

Shortly before the attack, Mateen, who was born in New York to Afghan parents,

Read more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3637414/Everyone-running-Gunman-bursts-gay-nightclub-Florida-shoots-20-people-taking-hostages.html

ISIS claims responsibility for Florida gay club massacre: American-Afghan terrorist phoned 911 to pledge allegiance …

Shooter Omar Mateen (pictured), 29, from Port St. Lucie in Florida, opened fire at Pulse night club in the early hours of Sunday

Shooter Omar Mateen (pictured), 29, from Port St. Lucie in Florida, opened fire at Pulse night club in the early hours of Sunday

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the the deadliest mass shooting in US history and says the gunman who slaughtered at least 50 innocent party-goers in an Orlando gay club was one of its fighters. 

Shooter Omar Mateen, 29, from Port St. Lucie in Florida, opened fire at Pulse night club in the early hours of Sunday, killing at least 50 people and injuring 53 others.

This is the first time ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on US soil. 

Shortly before the attack, Mateen, who was born in New York to Afghan parents,

Read more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3637414/Everyone-running-Gunman-bursts-gay-nightclub-Florida-shoots-20-people-taking-hostages.html