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A History of Mass Murders in America




The United States reacted as if it had experienced an earthquake back in 1995 when two students were shot on a sunny Tuesday in 1999. She shooting came to be referred to as the Columbine High School disaster. While the United States had experienced mass shootings at schools before, this turned out to be the deadliest yet. As a matter of fact, there had been six shootings in 1998. However, this shooting resulted in the death of 13 people, and it occurred in in a small town in Colorado. It was classified as a national calamity as it occurred on national TV as millions of Americans watched. To Americans that can remember the shooting particularly the residents of this area, this shooting remains as an emblem of senseless random murder. However, after this week, this shooting ceased to be on the list of 10 deadliest mass shootings in America after the war.

During its happening, it was the fifth-deadliest and was surpassed by a few attacks that included the shooting at a post office in Edmond, Oklahoma that killed 14 people in 1986. Then, there was the 1966 shooting that killed 15 people at the University of Texas Austin. The 1984 shootings at a McDonald’s in San Ysidro, California that killed 21 people was third on the list. Finally, the 1991 shooting that killed 21 people at a Luby’s restaurant in Killeen, Texas was the deadliest by 1999. However, these shootings cannot make to the list of the deadliest attacks in America today. This list was also 30-years-old. However, today’s shootings are from the past decade with four of the five being from the past five years.

The Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 people is the deadliest so far. This is followed by the Orlando nightclub shooting that claimed 49 people. Third on the list is the shooting that claimed 32 lives at Virginia Tech back in 2007. Sandy Hook Elementary School is fourth on the list having killed 27 people in 2012. The Sunday shootings at a Sutherland Springs, Texas is the fifth on the list of five deadliest shootings in the recent history. This attack claimed the lives of 26 people. While seven years passed without an attack after the Columbine High School shooting, today is quite different. Record has it that nearly 10 people must be killed by a shooter in America every year. This has caused violence and crime to be on top of the list of sources of stress in America.

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