What we know about the Quebec City mosque attack

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A gunman attacked a mosque in Canada's Quebec City, killing at least six worshipers and injuring 19 others as they finished their evening prayers on Jan. 29. Police deemed the shooting a terrorist attack. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) 
J.J. McCullough, a political commentator and cartoonist from Vancouver, is a columnist at Loonie Politics.

As Canadian politicians and journalists scramble for tidy, ideologically pleasing narratives in the wake of this week’s senseless slaughter at a Quebec City mosque, one disturbing fact has gone conspicuously unmentioned: A disproportionate share of the country’s massacres occur in the province of Quebec.

I was born in 1984. Since then, Quebec has experienced at least six high-profile episodes of attempted public mass murder.