the arbitrary numbers

I see, in the wake of the tragedy in Los Vegas, a timeline of all mass shootings that resulted in at least 12 deaths.  And I’m scratching my head.  Twelve.  That’s an arbitrary number.  And it is maybe atonal to ask, or suggest — but… what?  Is there a giant spate of eleven deaths that leave not enough room to get everything to fit the allotted space?

Later, I read a citation of a number from an advocacy group, numbering and charting shootings of four or more people.  And again.  An atonal question, surely — but… is there something that differentiates three and four?

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