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credit where it is due -  A Timeline of mass shootings in the US since Columbine, a Thing Progress piece by Aviva Shen.   That piece is worth saving.  Most of my information is from that article.

Here are the basics.

4/20/99  was Columbine, where the shooters killed 13 and wounded 21 before taking their own lives

Here are the rest.  I refuse to dignify the shooters by mentioning their names.

7/29/99 Atlanta.  Shooter killed 12 including his family, injured 13, then committed Atlanta
9/15/99 Rock concert in Ft Worth.  7 killed, 7 wounded.  Suicide.
7/8/03 7 killed, 14 wounded in Meridian MS.  Suicide.
3/12/05  Brookfield WI.  9 killed, 7 wounded.  Suicide.
3/21/05 Red Lake MN  11 killed including 9 students at a high school, wounded 5.  Suicide.
3/25/06 Seattle 7 dead, 2 injured.
10/2/06 Lancaster PA (Amish schoolhouse)  5 killed 6 wounded (all girls).  Suicide
2/12/07  Salt Lake City  5 killed, 4 wounded.
4/16/07  Virginia Tech.  32 killed, 24 wounded.  Suicide.
12/5/07  Omaha.  9 killed, 4 wounded.  Suicide.
2/7/08  Kirkwood, MO.  6 killed, 2 wounded.  Killed by police.
2/14/08  Northern Illinois University.  6 dead. 21 wounded.  Suicide.
3/29/09  Carthage NC.  8 Dead.  Convicted, life in prison.
4/3/09  Binghampton, NY.  13 dead, 4 wounded.  Suicide.
11/3/09  Fort Hood.  13 killed 29 wounded.  Shooter yet to be tried.
8/3/10  Manchester CT.  8 killed, 2 wounded.  Suicide.
1/8/11  Tucson.  8 killed, 11 wounded.  Life in prison
9/6/11  Carson City NV.  4 killed, 11 wounded.  Suicide
10/14/11  Seal Beach CA.  8 killed, 1 wounded.  Shooter awaiting trial.
4/2/12  Oakland CA.  7 killed.  In custody awaiting trial
4/6/12  Tulsa.  3 killed, 2 wounded.  Two shooters in custody awaiting trial.
5/29/12  Seattle.  5 killed.  Suicide
7/20/12  Aurora CO.  12 killed, 58 wounded.  In custody awaiting trial.
9/27/12  Minneapolis  5 killed, 3 wounded.   Suicide.
12/11/12  Clackamas Center shopping center in OR.  2 killed.  suicide.
12/14/12  Newton CT.  27 killed.  Suicide.

For what it is worth, the Assault Weapons ban expired on Sept 13, 2004.
Between Columbine and then, there were 3 mass shootings killing 33, over a 5 year period.

Since then there have been 22 mass shooting, with a total not including the shooters of 213 dead in a bit more than 8 years.

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  •  I can offer no words (28+ / 0-)

    I had planned to research this and found the Think Progress piece.  I hope I have accurately transcribed the numbers.  In some cases the figures they provided included the shooter.  I did not want to dignify them by including them.

    Make of this what you will.

    I may well have more to say in subsequent diaries later today.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 10:10:53 PM PST

    •  Repeal the 2nd Amendment; let States decide. (2+ / 0-)
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      CA wildwoman, LWelsch

      I think it's time we stopped fearing the NRA.

      I think it's time we seize the bull by the horns.

      I think it's time we begin the long battle to repeal or revise the 2nd Amendment. (For example, the revision could be as simple as adding the words "by the Federal government" to the end, or by changing the end to "shall be regulated by States," etc.)

      Let each state decide how it wants to regulate it's "militias".

      Each state can in turn leave it up to the county- or city-level, or implement state-wide policies.

      Possessing a deer-rifle in Vermont is not the same thing as carrying an automatic pistol in Manhattan.

      Who among Republicans is opposed to "States Rights"? Let each state decide.

      There have been 27 Amendments to our Constitution, it is not sacred, it is not the word of God(s), it is not written in stone. The most recent amendment was passed 1992 -- how many Americans even remember a thing about this?

      I'm well aware this could take decades -- but I'd say it's doable within 30 years, which is about as far ahead as anyone can look.

      Repeal the Second Amendment. Let states decide.

      •  Or we could try this (3+ / 0-)
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        Does the Second Amendment say anything about the "right to buy ammunition?"

        There are too many guns out there to retrieve them all so we have no choice but to let them sit.

        But ammunition?  Why can't the government regulate the sale of ammunition? In order to buy it you have to apply for a permit with adequate time for authorities to check your background.  Then you could only buy a specified amount with a nod to what is needed for a successful deer hunting season, etc. Ammunition for those automatic military style weapons would not be available to anyone but the police and military.

        And you have to buy it from a government agency. No more purchases over the Internet. No more availability at your local Walmart.

        Sure there would be a black market.  But you would have to work some to find that black market.  And the fines and sentencing for selling it under the table could be onerous. It would take many years to finally use up the amount of ammunition already out there but by God we are getting nowhere trying to stop the easy ownership of guns.

        It's worth a try.

  •  As An Illinois Guy I Will Just Say (12+ / 0-)

    and it got more play here then most places, but still almost none, but this summer in Chicago each weekend around 20-35 people were gunned down. As I heard one person say it is worse than Afganistan and nobody is talking about it. Parts of the city are a war zone.

    Honestly "teacheken" I don't know what we do at this point, but we need to figure out something cause this just can't continue.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 10:18:31 PM PST

    •  Chicago (5+ / 0-)

      I go to Chicago a few times a year to visit friends and I never think about this while I'm there but I know it exists.  I was there two weeks ago and before I left I was talking to our resident gun fetishist at work.  He said he would never go to Chicago unless he had a "hunting permit for the local game" which I read as "I want to shoot black people" as he's never been shy about posting links to Helter Skelter-type race war fantasies on his Facebook page.

      What I'm trying to say is the gun nuts are well aware of what's going on in Chicago and I dare say, are cheering it on gleefully.  I'm guessing the reason we don't hear more about it is because they are scattered incidents, never involving more than two or three people at a time, and are usually in the wrong neighborhoods.

      Just now I googled "Chicago Shootings" and found this:  10 Wounded in Shootings since Friday afternoon.  My knowledge of Chicago geography tells me these are scattered all over the south and west sides and a couple in Logan Square which is where most of my friends live.

      Yes, something definitely needs to be done, not just in Chicago, but everywhere.  It's going to take some smart people to figure it out.  I wouldn't even know where to begin considering what the laws are right now.

  •  150 Memorial Candle Lit Vigils Were Held Tonight.. (10+ / 0-)

    for the murdered children & their teachers across the country.  It was MoveOn's idea.  They requested we not hold them in our homes but in public spaces so we could reclaim those spaces.

    Ours was at an elementary school w/ several teachers in attendance.  Small in number, it was simply beautiful.

    It helped.  

  •  It's everywhere. (6+ / 0-)

    It's schools.  It's young people.

    Loss for for words.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 10:21:26 PM PST

  •  The 5/29/12 one was in my neighborhood (11+ / 0-)

    This guys goes to a coffee shop where he used to try to hang out, but the guy's just creepy, right and so they ask him to leave (again, I guess), so he comes back and wastes them.  The gun kept him safe.

    Somehow he drove 5 miles to downtown and jacked a woman's car and murdered her too.  Then he on the loose for a few hours and in the meanwhile he went to a nursery and bought a plant and put it on the porch of one his teachers from when he was a kid.

    There must be millions of crazed people out there and now they must have millions of rounds just waiting to get even with the world.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 10:23:26 PM PST

    •  One Of My Degrees Is In Psychology (10+ / 0-)

      which I've never really used. The reason was my senior year of college I was the student director of a suicide hotline, and to be honest I found it very taxing to work on other peoples problems.

      I don't mean that to sound wrong, but I found I tended to internalize their problems, plus there was so little I could do.

      My thinking and my experience is there are a lot of folks that need help, even want help, and they can't get it.

      I can't tell you how many times there were folks that found our hotline number and just break down a cry they now knew there was somebody that would talk to them and not judge them.

      I think we need to work on the mental health side of things. That would be a start!

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 10:28:59 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  But that's not addressing the problem in my view (4+ / 0-)
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        These crimes aren't being committed on this scale with a hunting rifle.

        Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

        by yet another liberal on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 10:40:17 PM PST

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        •  When I Look At The Mass Killings (6+ / 0-)

          it seems to me the vast majority of them have mental issues that are not being addressed.

          I've never owned a gun. Never will own a gun. Went hunting once with a small shotgun. As my buddy's dog was going through the brush trying to get the rabbits out in the open, I feared I'd hit the dog and not the rabbit, which I really want to hit and then eat.

          I mention that cause the vast majority of the folks I know own a lot of guns. And I don't have any fear they will harm a single person with them. In fact that friend of mine that put a gun in my hand, with no experience on my end, was not the norm of the folks I know. NONE of them would ever put a gun into my hand cause they know I have no clue what I am doing.

          For me we need registration and safety classes to own a gun. Lets face it, if you don't know the basic rules of driving, well you can't get a license. I think we need the same for guns.

          Factor in mental health issues and I think you at least have a start.

          When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

          by webranding on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 10:48:29 PM PST

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          •  A two part solution. (7+ / 0-)

            Exactly, they are not mutually exclusive and there is no reason to not approach both at the same time.

            Test, license and insurance for Gun ownership makes perfect sense.

            Pulling several billion out of the Pentagon and pushing it into Mental Health diagnosis, care and treatment makes perfect sense.

            Time to refocus our energy and resources on the American Front.

          •  Of course there are mental health issues (5+ / 0-)

            Anyone who kills a group of people for no apparent reason has mental health issues. Many health insurance plans do not provide the resources to treat mental health problems. And then there is the problem that not everyone has health insurance.

            As more information emerges I realize how complicated a solution is. Wealth is not an issue in this killing. Background checks is not an issue in this killing. Weapons training is not an issue in this killing. Securing the school is not an issue in this killing. The easy availability of semi automatic weapons is an issue. The use of bullets designed for maximum damage is an issue.

            When looking for solutions to the problem of mass killings, we need to consider the facts of each incident. Of course the facts will always be incomplete. (Complete knowledge is never attainable.) We need to look at providing systemic solutions; not solutions for an individual incident.

            Practice tolerance, kindness and charity.

            by LWelsch on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 11:40:25 PM PST

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          •  implementation of ACA opens the door (4+ / 0-)
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            for a discussion of mental health services or the lack thereof.  A caller to a local radio show pointed out that the fear is usually that we are in danger from the mentally ill or the homeless (overlapping groups) but that people who are severely mentally ill are unable to formulate and implement the planning necessary for such carnage ( I have condensed the content of the call)

        •  Not quite true. (4+ / 0-)

          Some of these incidents include the use of handguns and hunting rifles, and if you include all gun related deaths (homicides, suicides and accidents) the numbers killed far exceed the deaths related to mass shootings.

          I have to believe mental health as well as other social and economic factors are involved in many of these cases, and all of these are problems that need attention but are difficult to solve, so perhaps the first step would be the most direct: banning assault weapons and increasing regulation of all firearms.

          What about my Daughter's future?

          by koNko on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 12:17:02 AM PST

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      •  For example (7+ / 0-)

        In this case, this guy was in his 40's and his entire family knew what a danger this guy was.

        When it happened, his brother said something like "we knew a day like this would come."

        Basically, they had taken him to counseling and tried everything for his whole life.  There was nothing him or any counselor could do.  But it sure wasn't hard for him to get a high powered weapon and murder 5 people.

        Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

        by yet another liberal on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 10:44:53 PM PST

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  •  Just a couple months ago (11+ / 0-)

    I was driving home with my kids and then a block or 2 is blocked off with every cop in town.

    Apparently, somebody cut over a lane and cut off some guy with a gun who let off 5 rounds and murdered the guy for cutting him off on the road.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 10:26:25 PM PST

  •  Hartford Courant had a very comprehensive list (4+ / 0-)
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    koNko, teacherken, ladybug53, glorificus

    under these 6 categories:

    The Worst Mass Shootings In Connecticut History

    The Worst School Massacres In U.S. History

    Other School Shootings In The U.S. Since 1995

    Other Mass Shootings In The U.S.

    Worldwide School Killings

    Other Mass Shootings Outside The U.S.

    http://www.courant.com/...

    There are very few subjects which do not interest or fascinate me.

    by NYFM on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 11:30:12 PM PST

  •  what is the criteria for a mass shooting or (3+ / 0-)
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    mass slaying?  You may have mentioned this and I may have missed it.

    Couple of other comparisons which may be interesting would be a timeline showing international  mass slayings which would include other such incidents in other countries.  Excluding war related atrocities, the US would probably occupy2/3 of such a timeline.
    Other timeline would be the one which includes plots for mass slayings which were thwarted. Even today, an OK HS student was arrested for plotting to trap his school's faculty and students and shooting them en mass and then blowing up First Responders with pipe bombs.  I would hazard a guess for every mass shooting, there are two or more which are thwarted, illustrating how common such thinking has become (I remember the 1966 Charles Whitman Bell Tower Shootings and the reaction to that event as such an unheard of aberration http://www.trutv.com/...  Maybe we have lost some of our innocence in the intervening decades)  

  •  Thanks for the post (4+ / 0-)

    We need more information relevant to the debate and I have also posted some charts with links to statistics that illustrate the relationship between the percapita number of guns to deaths and homicides by guns in various countries.

    These mass shootings make the headlines and (hopefully) spark introspection and debate, but what should not be forgotten is that shootings happen every day and the greater numbers of deaths become footnotes soon forgotten.

    Unfortunately, there are so many it's difficult to keep track.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 12:09:55 AM PST

  •  For the so-called "freedom" to own a weapon (8+ / 0-)

    Americans have adopted a prison mentality:  ever since the concept of "lockdown" was adopted as a safety measure for public schools, we have lost the mantle of freedom-loving country.

    I live in Italy--a country which has certainly had its history of violence--and my 2 sons go to a public school here.  Obviously there are security measures (aimed primarily at countering child abduction), but one door of the school is always open.  There are custodians at the entrance who recognize all of the kids and their parents and they monitor who comes in and out of the school.  

    The kids are introduced to emergency procedures for fires and earthquakes, but "lockdown" isn't in their vocabulary.

    I can't imagine what this kind of mentality is doing to generations of children, who have come to accept it as normal procedure.  Michael Moore already identified the cultural problems in "Columbine":  American culture currently thrives off of fear.  

    The guns need to go, but even more than that, we need to take a serious look at the culture we've produced.

    •  The culture is the problem (7+ / 0-)

      You are absolutely right.  Our culture is based off of a combination of fear that permeates everything we do and a fascist sense that we need to control everyone else's lives.  The fear of others is one reason a lot of folks have guns.  Crime rates have decreased, but we are more afraid anyway.  Also, we Americans are arrogant and don't get that the universe doesn't revolve around us.  We are raised without empathy and we seek attention without giving anything back.  I really believe we would have less mass murder if we didn't have such a celebrity driven attitude toward crime.  Additionally, we need to stop trying to make others do what we want.  If someone is angry with life and wants to die, they should just kill themselves and leave the rest of us out of it.

  •  Ironically, I learned of a student having been (7+ / 0-)

    arrested in the early morning of the same day as Sandy Hook for plotting a shooting and pipe bombing at the high school where I first began teaching, a town about 50 miles from where I live now.

    Luckily he tried to recruit and even threatened other students to join in to help him so word got around to school officials who contacted the police in time to arrest him.

    There have been a large number of these incidents since Columbine, the details of which this potential perpetrator had researched and also researched blueprints of the campus.  I don't know how successful he would have been, but it's likely he would have at least injured other students and teachers.

    Through incidents occured before Columbine, it was the first to lead me to think seriously about the prospects from a personal perspective.  I was teaching college at that point and pondering the possibilities for a plan of action and also wondering whether the risks to life would be greater at a high school than a college campus.  Just random things that you think about when the possibility begins to seem real and you think about the reality of dealing with it.

    But the news about Sandy Hook really cemented my thinking that something needs to be done about increased safety with firearms in our society.  Growing up in a rural area where the majority of people hunted mostly for food, a bit for sport, but with very low crime or the feeling of the need for protection, I learned about and used guns early on.  By high school I'd lost interest as most of my peers had, but I've always respected the importance and sometimes necessity of hunting for food, understood the sport aspect, and can sympathize that in some situations guns in the home might be important for protection, though I've never felt that.

    Recent events have caused me and I think a lot of people in my situation to drop our agnostic attitude toward control which had already been building toward a serious commitment toward action for some time.

  •  pre-Columbine (4+ / 0-)
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    I understand why TP chose to start this list at Columbine but this problem didn't start then.  Just off the top of my head I can think of two in 1998, Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, AR, and Thurston High School in Springfield, OR.

  •  Birmingham on Saturday (0+ / 0-)

    3 shot no dead, in a hospital, according to what I read Saturday afternoon.

    Power to the Peaceful!

    by misterwade on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 10:12:15 PM PST

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