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Mass Shootings In The US By Total Victims

When it comes to the worst mass shootings in the US, we often think of the Aurora theater shooting in terms of the number of victims and Columbine High School massacre which changed the United States forever.

Mass shootings in the U.S have become a common occurrence. Just when people think that they have seen the worst, another happens and in a more devastating fashion. In no other country are there incidences of mass shootings more than the United States. Some people have blamed it on the easy access to guns while others think that bad people have simply found a way to let out their frustrations. Whatever the case, it is apparent that the shootings will continue to happen unless something drastic is done. The assailants have continued to target high crowd areas like schools and theaters where it's easy to get a high number of casualties with minimal resistance because people in these places do not usually carry guns.

Notable Mass Shootings

On June 12, 2016, gunman started shooting inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States. The shooting resulted in 50 deaths, including the gunman, and 53 were injured. The attack was the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in US history.

The shootings have been spread across the United States over the years. From New York to California, different states have had their fair share of mass shootings. The Aurora theater shooting, which happened in Colorado, left 12 people dead and 58 others injured. These people had innocently gone to watch the local premier of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" only to be met with gunshots.

The attack on Virginia Tech was one of the worst incidents in the history of mass shootings in the United States. In this event, which occurred in 2007 in Blacksburg, Virginia, a student opened fire on fellow students, taking the lives of 33 of them and wounding another 23. The attacks were two hours apart before the perpetrator ended up taking his own life after the second incident.

What Will Stop Mass Shootings in the United States?

America has had issues with gun control and as the debate for and against continues. Those on the side fighting for stricter gun control argue that only when gun control is more regulated will these tragedies end. Those on the other side of the debate argue that restricting access to guns violates an American's right to freedom.

Mass Shootings In The US By Total Victims

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RankMass ShootingFatalitiesInjured
1Orlando nightclub shooting (Orlando, Florida, 2016)5053
2Virginia Tech massacre (Blacksburg, Virginia, 2007)3323
3Newtown school shooting (Newtown, Connecticut, 2012)282
4Luby's massacre (Killeen, Texas, 1991)2420
5San Ysidro McDonald's massacre (San Ysidro, California, 1984)2219
6Douglas High School Shooting (Parkland, Florida, 2018)1715
7Columbine High School massacre (Littleton, Colorado, 1999)1524
8United States Postal Service shooting (Edmond, Oklahoma, 1986)156
9Binghamton shootings (Binghamton, New York, 2009)144
10Fort Hood massacre (Fort Hood, Texas, 2009)1330
11Washington Navy Yard shooting (Washington, D.C., 2013)138
12Aurora theater shooting (Aurora, Colorado, 2012)1258
13Atlanta day trading spree killings (Atlanta, Georgia, 1999)913
14Standard Gravure shooting (Louisville, Kentucky, 1989)912
15Umpqua Community College shooting (Roseburg, OR, 2015)99
16Stockton schoolyard shooting (Stockton, California, 1989)629
17Northern Illinois University shooting (DeKalb, Illinois, 2008)621
18Long Island Rail Road massacre (Garden City, New York, 1993)619
19Shopping centers spree killings (Palm Bay, Florida, 1987)614
20Tucson shooting (Tucson, Arizona, 2011)613
21Air Force base shooting (Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, 1994)523
22Thurston High School shooting (Springfield, Oregon, 1998)425

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