Saturday, December 15, 2012

A History of Mass Shootings in the USA

 This list (copied from the ARGUS LEADER)  is a heartbreaking chronicle of violence in this country.

I hate the way some people take these horrific acts and mold them into comments to support their left or right wing political agenda.

Why can't we just be horrified at the loss of innocent life and express grief and support in a respectful manner?

The shameful comments questioning the validity of President Obama's expression of emotion is beyond the pale.

The breakdown in humanity, respect,  and decency in this country due to political partisanship is shocking and disturbing.

Notable mass shootings in US

December 2012:
Gunman kills 20 elementary students, 6 teachers and his mother in Newtown, Connecticut.

Aug. 2012: Gunman kills six, before taking his own life at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin outside Milwaukee.

July 2012: Twelve people are killed when a gunman opens fire during opening night of a Batman movie in Aurora, Colo.

April 2012: Gunman kills seven at a California Christian university.

Jan. 2011:
Gunman kills six people and wounds 13, including then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in a shooting spree outside a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz.

Nov. 2009: Thirteen killed and more than two dozen wounded at Fort Hood, Texas, army base.

April 2009: Man opens fire at an immigrant community center in Binghamton, N.Y., killing 13 before taking his own life.

March 2009: Man kills 10 people, including five relatives in rural Alabama, then kills himself.

Feb. 2008: Former student opens fire in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University, fatally shooting five students and wounding 18 others before committing suicide.

Dec. 2007: Man opens fire at Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb., killing eight, before taking his own life.
April 2007: Student kills 32 people and himself on Virginia Tech campus.

April 1999: Two students open fire at Columbine High School in Colorado, killing 13 and wounding 26 others before killing themselves.

May 1998: Two teens killed and more than 20 people wounded when a teenager opens fire at a high school in Springfield, Ore., after killing his parents.

Oct. 1991: Man opens fire at a Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, killing 23 and wounding 20 before taking his own life.

June 1990: Man shoots people at General Motors Acceptance Corp. office in Jacksonville, Fla., killing 10 and wounding four, before killing himself.

Aug. 1986: Postal worker who was about to be fired shoots 14 at a post office in Edmond, Okla., then kills himself.

Aug. 1966: Man opens fire from the clock tower at the University of Texas at Austin, killing 16 people and wounding 31.





  1. Thanks for listing these. There was one other. I remember because I had limited contact as a teacher with this young man when he was in was in our school in Chanhassen, MN. He was with us for parts of two years while in 4th and 5th grades.
    It was March 21, 2005. It happened at the Red Lake Indian Reservation here in MN. He killed 10 people plus his grandparents. He stole the guns from them. He needed support in many ways but I am certain he did not get enough. Seven years later he stormed the school at the reservation with guns.

  2. The father of the son in law who was killed in Austin in 1966 owned the fraternity house my husband lived in while in Mankato. It was the Phi Delt House in Mankato when I attended college in 1966. My future husband and I went out to Judge Mason's home on the hill to put up Christmas decorations that year for his wife and him. The shooters name was Charles Whitman.I remember meeting the Judge while I joined
    my husband to be. It was so incredibly sad to hear the story.

    How can I have two connections to the stories you have published? This is not far removed from any of us.

  3. September 15, 1997. Fired worker returns to Phelon plant in Aiken with a gun, SC killing four and injuring four.

  4. September 27, 2012: Accent Signage Systems, a worker opened fire with a Glock semi-auto handgun after being told he was fired. Five people died including the shooter (suicide), four injured (three critically). Of the critically injured one died the next day, another in October.

    I was in San Antonio in 1966, stationed at Fort Sam Houston, during the U of Texas tower shooting. I remember hearing a radio broadcast of frantic shouting coming from a reporter on the scene with gunshots in the background.