Recent History Of Escalating Mass Shootings In The US

Tyler Durden's picture

As the following summary by the New York Daily News shows, both the frequency and severity of recent mass shootings in the US (and globally) have been getting bigger and more acute.  Bring on the discussions as to why this is occuring in our day and age.

Oak Creek, Wis.: A white supremacist shoots six people and a responding policeman at a Sikh temple before shooting himself in the head in August 2012.

Aurora, Colo.: Lone gunman kills 12 and injures 58 at a July 2012 screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Oakland, Calif.: A former student at a Christian college fatally shoots seven people and injures three in April 2012.

Copley Township, Ohio: A man in a family dispute uses his handgun to shoot and kill his girlfriend and six others in August 2011.

Geneva, Ala.: Eleven victims, ages 18 months to 74 years old, are killed by a lone gunman in a violent family feud in March 2009.

Omaha, Neb.: A 19-year-old man shoots nine people at a department store in December 2007 before cops kill him.

Blacksburg, Va.: A student at Virginia Tech kills 32 classmates and wounds 25 before committing suicide in April 2007.

Red Lake, Minn.: A 16-year-old boy kills 11 people, including his grandfather and his grandfather’s girlfriend, in a shooting spree in March 2005.

Columbus, Ohio: A deranged fan shoots a Pantera guitarist at a concert as he performs onstage, then fires at fans, killing four people in December 2004.

Wash., D.C.: Two deranged snipers go on a spree, killing 10 people around D.C. and Virginia in Oct. 2002.

Columbine, Colo.: Two senior students invade their school in April 1999, killing 12 students and one teacher and injuring 21, before committing suicide.

Killeen, Texas: An unemployed man drives a truck through a packed cafeteria and fatally shoots 23 people and injures 20 before killing himself in October 1999.

Jacksonville, Fla.: A man angry over a repossessed car storms into the agency in June 1990 and over two days shoots 11 of its 86 employees before killing himself.

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bgbarrelridr's picture

"If you look at the murders per capita, the only meaningful way to look at this, the US is not even among the first 37 countries. See at this same site:".

This is from the same source as you quoted. Talk about chery-picking, lol

sessinpo's picture

And you refute that with what data and facts? Oh yea, I pick on you for a reason and it's so easy.

Yea, I know your provided a link. What a joke. Even Canada's government website says you are wrong.

2011 Canada reports 598 homicides which doesn't jive with your linked statistics (143 murders by juveniles and 144 with firearms). Additionally, Canada's official numbers show a higher overall 200,000 plus in total crimes compared to your link

Ness.'s picture

Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in Amerika - unfortunately this many people get shot every weekend less than 1/2 mile from the POTUS' home.

Only the cops, criminals and politicians can carry guns (they're all criminals but you get my drift)




New World Chaos's picture

Here are some false flags involving shootings:  Fast and Furious, the Batman shooting, and the Sikh Temple shooting.  There are probably other recent ones.  Keep an eye on Alex Jones.  He is already talking about a second shooter (a common theme); he will surely have more to say in the days to come.

Agglomerated reposts from summer:


The Batman shooter looks like an impostor.  In particular, his nose is
a lot different than the nose of the real James Holmes.  He also had
accomplices, but the cops are pushing the lone-nut story as they
always do.  James Holmes's father wrote an algorithm which tracked
trillions of dollars to offshore accounts and proved how global
manipulation of interest rates works.  He was due to testify to
Congress on his findings.  Now that his son has been legally
kidnapped, he is lying low.
The nurse who treated the Batman victims and "saw everything" died in
a suspicious drowning (plus more batman links):


Similarities between the Batman and Sikh Temple shootings:

There were accomplices and the media ignores this because it doesn't fit the conclusions they are herding us towards.

The police investigations are actually coverups which help push the official story.

The victims were chosen for a high probability of being disarmed (by theatre policy in the Batman case- though the media will never tell you that the body count was high due to a LACK of guns).  No self-defense --> high body count --> more emotional impact to sell the story.

The Batman shooter had been worked over by military shrinks; the Sikh shooter worked for US Army psyops.

The canned script comes out immediately- Fascism will protect your children!  Never mind that fascism has historically killed thousands of times more children than lone nutters, but thanks to public education, logic and history are not Americans' strong points.

The father of the Batman shooter was due to testify to Congress on LIBOR manipulation and trillions in offshore accounts:

One of the Sikh victims was the father of the guy who made the documentary "Sirius", which is about free energy and UFO coverups:

There was obviously considerable planning, and yet the MSM would have us believe that this was just some hateful redneck who said "All ragheads look the same to me" and so didn't even learn the basics about Sikhs (they are hippies).


Most of the mind control the puppetmasters use on the little people is
via broad mechanisms such as media, education, cultural conditioning,
fear, false flags, economic incentives, dividing us against each
other, and problem-reaction-solution.  This is because people behave
like atoms in a gas.  Controlling the individual is difficult, because
there are way too many microscopic levers and variables.  But the herd
has well-established emotional buttons and controlling them is pretty
much deterministic.  Even the determined individual finds it difficult
to move against the flow of the herd.  Close one valve, open another,
apply heat here, and the lemmings can be easily led to stampede off
the most profitable cliff.  They can also be mind-controlled into
forgetting the reasons why they went off the cliff, and therefore,
profits are repeatable.

blunderdog's picture

Space aliens.  Don't worry, it'll all be over next week.

azengrcat's picture

I see a correlation; Men

LawsofPhysics's picture

Might want to go visit some of the surviving members of the faculty at the University if Alabama, Huntsville.  What about the numerous examples of women killing there own children.  Careful azengrcat, women tend to kill children, men tend to kill other men.  At 24, this guy was still a kid and certainly no man.

A. Magnus's picture

"Even if one does not believe one must at least consider the correlation between the rise in school shootings and the rise of (violent) in home video games over the last 15-20 years, even further back if you consider electronic video arcade games."

That would fly if all the shooters were of your typical game-playing demographics; that would take a LOT of work to verify for all those shooters. There is ONE commonality to all of them (besides gender and weapon preference), and that is the use of SSRI drugs by all of these shooters...

bankerbackbacon's picture

Video games shmideo games.

I see a rise in mental illness, where drones are okay because Americans don't get killed as much.

Where silent approval of genocide and apartheid rule the land.

Moral decay is robust, video games are just another example.

A. Magnus's picture

"I see a correlation; Men."

That's a specious argument - Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher and Golda Meir were all heads of state who started wars that got tens of thousands killed. Should we ban women from office then?

object_orient's picture

 Should we ban women from office then?


Yes. Men too. and all variants in between.

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

Per Madeline Albright, 500K Iraqi children dead = "worth it".  

noob's picture

Rahm Emanuel on the Opportunities of Crisis
(“you never want a serious crisis to go to waste….”)

WTFx10's picture

Look at the TV programing, Death, dismemberment, blood ,guts and gun killing nightly.  Just don't show a TIT ,PUSSY or dick. Never show actual love making because it is dirty porn. But they will show all the killings  they can think of because THATS ENTERTAINMENT. 

Watching reruns of Amerikas Funniest Home videos and they block out baby butts? WTF Who are the heads of the media networks? Where the fuck are their minds at? Whose controlling what they deem as entertainment? They are the fucking terrorists.

Lets put the blame on inanimate objects because

    “Truth hurts. Maybe not as much as jumping on a bicycle with a seat missing, but it hurts.”

                                      -Naked Gun

so its better to deflect the blame to some other cause.

aerojet's picture

I am pretty sick of how sick tv has gotten--all the dead body shows, murder, murder, murder, and untold mayhem, a lot of extremely graphic now.  I had to stop watching.  I caught a recent episode of "The Walking Dead" was horrified by the amount of graphic violence on that show.  Who watches this crap?

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

Yep, all the cop/crime shows, glorification of gangs, glorification of thoroughly debauched youth, shit, I have a tough time watching the local news.  Violence is sometimes a necessary evil, but it should be rare, and with a heavy heart.  The media we're exposed to seems to advocate for behavior that a common monkey would find appalling. 

kito's picture

ray dalio says relax, no biggie, all part of the beautiful deleveraging, a little printing here, a little austerity there, a bit of social unrest.....its all ok......the overindebted, overmedicated, overfed, oversurveilled, overconsumed socitey will never be over........ray dalio says so,  he says"patience......its just economic cycles......look at my charts"..........

fonzannoon's picture

Yeah exactly. I think Kyle Bass was concerned the "social fabric" may get torn just a bit.

Jason T's picture

Prescription drugs .. it at least needs to be looked into.

Nothing To See Here's picture

Insanity grows along with the State. It is a symptom of our Age. As self-responsibility disappears and is replaced by expectations of entitlements and dependency, society slowly decays, and people who find themselves not having what they feel they deserve are losing their mind more and more, as they fail to find answers to their "misfortune".

I Am Not a Copper Top's picture

<=== This is a result of the overuse of psych meds in the country

<=== This is a result of global warming

Mercury's picture

Anomie, social and cultural collapse.

My dad used to take his gun to his Connecticut high school along with dozens of other kids every day and fire government subsidized ammunition at the school range.  And nothing like this ever happened.

No one is on the same page anymore, there are few common values across huge swaths of the population and an entire generation has now been raised on a constant stream of shallow, nihilistic, de-humanizing garbage...which apparently makes some outlier types more than a little dangerous.

kaiserhoff's picture

Haven't thought about it in years.  We had a high school ROTC program, and a rifle range under the stage of the gym.  No one was the least bit concerned. 

Mercury's picture

This wasn't even ROTC, just the school shooting team. It was the height of the Cold War and the government wanted a nation of marksmen.

VelvetHog's picture

When we where in high school we used to goose hunt in the morning before classes started.  When we arrived at school we brought out shotguns inside and stored them in our lockers until we where done with classes for the day.  If we had left our often wet guns in the truck they would have rusted.  There was never an incident of any kind concerning our practice of bringing our guns to school.  No one even asked us about it.  Big deal. 


Guns are NOT the problem.

subqtaneous's picture

What's to discuss?  We live in a culture and society of instant celebrity—just add water.

Anyone (mentally disturbed or otherwise) craving attention can get it, and the more outrageous the means, the better.

Until we grow past this Warholian phase we're in, it'll continue and get progressively worse still.  What is the limit we can tolerate?  An event of this magnitude?

Hopefully so.

object_orient's picture

We'll grow out of it in around 15 minutes.

subqtaneous's picture

Something tells me that a few weeks of lip service, some candlelight vigils and a nationwide benefit concert with a cast of thousands topped by McCartney singing Hey Jude isn't going to sweep this under the collective rug.

This is going to smolder for a long, long time, and maybe this is the tipping point for something either really terrible or something just the opposite.

Shizzmoney's picture

Bring on the discussions as to why this is occuring in our day and age.

As Gerald Celente says: "When people lose everything; they lose IT"

No jobs; low incomes; bleak futures and a confused populace.

jtg's picture

Many of the mass shooters were taking serotonin reuptake inhibitators. The open discussion of this problem has been supressed by the medical industry and practioners in the US. Instead, the discussion has been deflected onto it being a problem with gun ownership. The big dodo Obama opened his foul mouth again on gun ownership. Wouldn't you know it, he wants to again try to take our access to guns away? The problem is not gun ownership, it's the drugs the medical industry is giving to young people.

Flakmeister's picture

Thats right, it is *never* the guns....

jtg's picture

In 95% of the mass shootings in the US the culprit were taking serotonin reuptake inhibitor (ssris) drugs. Why don't you look into it on the web instead of using mindless sound bites? The danger of these drugs with young people has been known for years but the medical industry and people like you will not look into it.

Flakmeister's picture

You go girl..... sounds like you have it all figured out..

fuu's picture

Those evil mind control guns.

In 2009 there were 310,000,000 non-military guns in America. In 2009 there were 10,000 gun deaths in America.

Back of the napkin math shows that 99.9967% of the guns in America did not kill anyone in 2009.

aerojet's picture

The guns he used can't jump up and shoot people--they would be just as "happy" sitting in a safe or used for legal purposes.  They are not moral agents, but rather tools. 

I think the answer to these tragegies is to have armed volunteers available at the schools whenever children are present.  People who are ready to stop these violent idiots who only target the vulnerable.  We need to stop pretending like taking guns out of society will solve the problem of people snapping--we will stop them with force and put an end to these mindless slaughters. 

I would volunteer at my kids' school, if only I were allowed to do so by the nanny brigades.  And I won't miss and hit some innocents, so don't even start with that line of bullshit.  Put armed adults outside the vulnerable places and see whethere these drugged up little cowards still want to play.

Flakmeister's picture

Damn, I'm fresh out of popcorn...

I put it down to reaping what you sow...

dobermangang's picture

It's interesting that the Daily News left out the shooting by a Palestinian American that killed 13 on an Army base.  It was in a "gun free zone" too, on a military base no less.

blunderdog's picture

Seems simple enough to me.  Global economic depression increases stresses on everyone.  Folks are more likely to snap under increased stress.  More folks are snapping.

semperfi's picture

because we are turning in to wussy-assed sheep who are actually afraid to defend ourselves

Flakmeister's picture

I hear ya, I always send my 9 yo off to school with at least some Pepper spray...

She has trouble with the .32, maybe when her hands get a bit bigger...  

BrainDead's picture

Keep an eye out for the link the MSM talking heads are forbidden to speak of - PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS AND MASS SHOOTINGS.  It’s a good bet that days or week from now it will be quietly reveal that the shooter had been taking psychotropic drugs.

From the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International:

A simple Google search for “link shooter psychotropic drugs” reveals much

RSDallas's picture

A-D-D disorder and all of its cousins will go down in history as a tragically mis-guided and fatal attack on our youth and society.

Agent P's picture

There are a lot of people in our society today who possess a dangerous combination of two traits: 1) they lack self-responsibility (they over-depend on others to move forward in life, and they almost always blame others when things don't go their way) and 2) they feel the need to have some sort of celebrity status (facebook, twitter, etc.).  When this type of person reaches his/her breaking point, it puts other people around them in danger.  Instead of looking within themselves to address their problems, they lash out and inflict pain and suffering on others.  Throw in the proportional response of media coverage to the severity of the event, and there is incentive for these troubled individuals to go over the top in seeking their revenge on society.

The part that scares me the most is a lot of people seem to fit this profile, and more and more of them are reaching their breaking points. 

infiniti's picture

Mass murder ain't new.


The number of murders and negligent manslaughters annually in the US is at 1960's levels. That's not the rate, that's the level. Our population has grown by 50% since then. Anybody know what the growth rate in guns has been over that time?

1835jackson's picture

We are teaching our children that they are nothing more than modern apes. That there is no God. There are no 10 commandments. We are here by random chance. There are no consequences for breaking rules. You only get ONE life so do whatever you want because after you die that's it. It's ok to have sex before marriage. It's ok to abort the unborn. It's ok for a man and a man or a woman and woman to marry. The bible is irrelevant. To name just a few....

object_orient's picture

Amen! Everyone needs to know there is only one true faith: the Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism. I tell my kids every day not to make graven images, but they don't know what the fuck I'm talking about.

Five8Charlie's picture

We are just modern apes.

There is no god.

We are here by random change.

There are no consequences for breaking the rule -if you are rich enough.

You do only get one life - don't screw it up.

The Bible is irrelevant - except for Ecclesiastes, particularly the 3rd chapter (" is God's gift that all should eat, drink, and take pleasure in their work").

1835jackson's picture

We are modern apes- Just as it requires faith to believe in God your view also requires faith.

There is no God- Got evidence to back that up?

There are no consequences for breaking the rules- Ask the rich man in hell about that who ignored Lazarus.

You do only get one life- according to the bible there is another life after this one....

The Bible is irrelevant - Thou shalt not kill....hmmm still seems relevant to me.