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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|1||Orlando nightclub shooting (Orlando, Florida, 2016)||50||53|
|2||Virginia Tech massacre (Blacksburg, Virginia, 2007)||33||23|
|3||Newtown school shooting (Newtown, Connecticut, 2012)||28||2|
|4||Luby's massacre (Killeen, Texas, 1991)||24||20|
|5||San Ysidro McDonald's massacre (San Ysidro, California, 1984)||22||19|
|6||Douglas High School Shooting (Parkland, Florida, 2018)||17||15|
|7||Columbine High School massacre (Littleton, Colorado, 1999)||15||24|
|8||United States Postal Service shooting (Edmond, Oklahoma, 1986)||15||6|
|9||Binghamton shootings (Binghamton, New York, 2009)||14||4|
|10||Fort Hood massacre (Fort Hood, Texas, 2009)||13||30|
|11||Washington Navy Yard shooting (Washington, D.C., 2013)||13||8|
|12||Aurora theater shooting (Aurora, Colorado, 2012)||12||58|
|13||Atlanta day trading spree killings (Atlanta, Georgia, 1999)||9||13|
|14||Standard Gravure shooting (Louisville, Kentucky, 1989)||9||12|
|15||Umpqua Community College shooting (Roseburg, OR, 2015)||9||9|
|16||Stockton schoolyard shooting (Stockton, California, 1989)||6||29|
|17||Northern Illinois University shooting (DeKalb, Illinois, 2008)||6||21|
|18||Long Island Rail Road massacre (Garden City, New York, 1993)||6||19|
|19||Shopping centers spree killings (Palm Bay, Florida, 1987)||6||14|
|20||Tucson shooting (Tucson, Arizona, 2011)||6||13|
|21||Air Force base shooting (Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, 1994)||5||23|
|22||Thurston High School shooting (Springfield, Oregon, 1998)||4||25|