The Sikh temple shooting that left six worshipers dead led the nation to grapple with the familiar emotions of grief and anger. But this shooting was also greeted with a sense of resignation: Yet again.
Such mass shootings have become an all-too-common part of America culture, claiming the lives of at least 195 victims since 2003 and injuring more than 207 others. Those numbers are based, in part, on the Los Angeles Times' growing database of the deadliest U.S. mass shootings, as well as incidents that have dominated the headlines in recent years.
It's the fourth such rampage this year alone, following quickly on the heels of the Aurora, Colo., shooting that took place when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater last month, killing 12 and injuring 58. In April, a former student at Oikos University in Oakland, Calif., walked into a classroom and opened fire on his former classmates, killing seven and injuring three. And in June, a gunman walked into a Seattle cafe and opened fire, killing five and injuring one.
In addition to the 30 people killed in those four mass shootings, 65 people were injured.
At this rate -- it's only August -- the U.S. could be on a sad track to reaching a regrettable new benchmark.