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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blunderdog's picture

There have been proscriptions against killing since before the Bible was published, tho.  Maybe there are other factors?  Shit, there are places on Earth where people have never even SEEN a Bible yet they haven't all slaughtered each other yet.

Maybe *your* lineage couldn't have gotten by without that old book, but plenty have and do.  It probably is a genetic thing, if you've got faith in genes.

VelvetHog's picture

Thou shalt not kill.  BUT! if you want to invoke the name of "God" before invading another nation to kill and maim as many as possible then it is A-OK.  Another farce among a great many.

1835jackson's picture

So wrong. Check your assumptions. 

bankerbackbacon's picture


The only thing that God loving people like me, and Devil worshippers who cause pain and suffering agree on is the following. Atheists are 3 dimensional organisms which exist below the level of animal, possibly plants. Our governments are full of Darwinists and Satanists.



blunderdog's picture

We atheists have always known you and the Devil-worshippers are having meetings behind our backs.  We just don't make a big deal about it.  Whatever you guys are into is ok if you just leave us out of it.

1835jackson's picture

OK well just leave your non believing evil ways out of our society and we will be fine. After all with you atheist’s its ok to kill the unborn. You need to wake up from your apathy.

blunderdog's picture

    After all with you atheist’s its ok to kill the unborn.

I don't know why you think that.  Whether it's OK or not has nothing to do with whether I want the government to lock people up for it.

You and your kind are allowed to pollute the minds of your innocent kids with lies and hatred and it's all perfectly legal, but I wouldn't say it's "OK."

The laws of man should *never* be mistaken for laws of God, or vice versa.

New American Revolution's picture

People are striking out against the conditions our government has created, which has created a society under strain.  This advanced state of tyranny and its injustice has been made so large and complex that nearly everyone has no idea what exactly has gone wrong, other than things have gone very wrong.   Not only does this advanced state of tyranny place a great many American's under continual pressure, but it pushes the more disenfranchiesed members over the "mental cliff". This is being ehanced by physcotropic drugs being increasingly prescribed by the medical/pharma industry to people under pressure and strain.  These confused and unfortunate souls then strike out at society in what seems like random acts, but are in fact specific to their expression of frustration, which they otherwise are unable to identify.   Increasingly, it is in an act of violence as reported here, however, there are millions of other actions that go unreported, simply because they are not grand enough to make the nightly news.  But they occur none the less, and we can expect them to increase exponentially.

What's the solution?  Liberty.  Liberty is the catalyst that can set America free, restore justice, and create real wealth.  Liberty can end the frustration and confusion that will increasingly fester in America as long as the regime of tyranny is allowed to exist.  

You can read about it and how to restore Liberty at   We have a full 2014 Congressional Election Campaign in full swing in order to restore Liberty to the governance over all America.  A government by the people who rule over their government.  This is the definition of Liberty.  

Serfs Up America!

SWCroaker's picture

Well said, and I suspect closer to the mark than many.   Until your response is common, rather than rare, I suspect the conditions will continue to deteriorate...

I personally don't think we'll be able to vote our way into better government; I look to sound money to bring back all sorts of sanity and restraints, and thus a stable reality, with greatly reduced lies, waste and junk.    But if your method of "voting in better" works, I'll be happy to live in that world too.

Pareto's picture

Bad parenting and loss of conscience.  Somewheres along the education route morality has been severely compromised.  We've stopped looking after one another, even within the family unit.  But, I would argue not by choice, rather by a state that has coercively made it impossible for folks TO  take care of themselves, without double incomes.  I'm not excusing the actions of the gunmen AT ALL.  But if we look to the source of their derision, it has everything to do with what they don't have, and not what they do have.  And for all those who want to whitewash the 2nd amendment - if not through guns they would have used something else - guranteed.  You can't stop rage arriving from a product of years of psychological/physical abuse, neglect, bullying, etc.  It will manifest itself through whatever macinations necessary to fulfill killing the rage.  I want to point most emphastically to the parents, parents that IMHO, ought not to be parents, are socially and economically unable to be parents, wherein the state unfortunately becomes the legal guardian - the caretaker - the educator - the abuser and ultimately a fine point of indifference.  A recipe for disaster.

We ought not to think that children are "more mature" and therefore do not require commitment, guidance, and ownership from committed parents.  Psychologically, they are still just kids that need to be taught, among other things, the value of money, property rights, accountability, ownership and that there is no such thing as impunity or a free lunch.  I can't count how many times my father paddled my ass in the middle of the grocery store, or, made me do shit twice and three times - to "get it right" and "do it right, or don't bother doing it at all" - things he would now do 5 years probation for - for teaching me a value system.  God I miss him now and look back at how valuable those lessons were, and what road I might have taken if I were just permitted to just tell him to F off! 

Lastly, I think guns need to become an integral part of our education.  I grew up with guns.  They hung on the wall!  They were never locked.  We had three in the gun rack in the truck that we kept unlocked - even in town (1978)! (I know because i still remember the bruises I would get every time we hit bumps along the road and my head would smack them now and again.  My first rifle was a 30-06, and no...i wasn't a hunter.  Gun education was important.  And we listened and respected the culture.  They were tools of protection and subsistence, at least, thats what I understood them to be.  And so did everybody else.  If the government decides to yank the 2nd amendment, that culture and the value system I spoke of above is penalized, but, the abused, the neglected, and the bullied continues on.  We become less protected.  We become more vulnerable and under those circumstances it is less conscience the prevails.  plain and simple.

I feel bad for the parents of those kids.

I pray to God they can find peace.

XitSam's picture

For accuracy's sake, the Killeen shooter at Luby's did not drive "a truck through a packed cafeteria", he drove through the front window.

lolmao500's picture

Either the guy was on anti-depressants or he believed the MSM Mayan apocalypse BS and he was a psycho to begin with.

Father Lucifer's picture

Considering the US is constucted by genocide and the wild west what should we expect. Evil begats evil and nature has a very long time frame.

papaswamp's picture

Population control.... Nature has run out of ways to control the ever expanding and destruction that comes with it. Perhaps nature is simply causing people to go insane. Sort of a slow motion 'The Happening'.

alien-IQ's picture

We breed a culture that celebrates violence and then we are shocked when that violence happens at home. That's not's willful ignorance.

Twenty some-odd children are killed in America and it's a national tragedy. A half a million are killed in Iraq by America and it's "collateral damage".

I'm not understating the tragedy that has taken place here, I'm merely highlighting the fact that Americans don't give a fuck when we do it to other nations.

Now junk away....

subqtaneous's picture

You are right on the money.  Not only don't we give a f*ck, but we're doing it wrapped in the flag and in the name of Jesus and all that is holy.

nickt1y's picture

Sorry to disappoint, but I am a secessionist leaning liberterian atheist.

nickt1y's picture

How many of these shootings happened at a "gun free zone"?

Schools, Churchs, Malls, NY and NJ, Aurora movie theater, the list goes on. If you want to kill a lot of people you go where there are NO GUNS. Any mass shootings at gun stores, rifle and pistol ranges? Didn't think so.

bankerbackbacon's picture

Yup somones been pistol whipping people in Vancouver, and a shooting at the ikea. The criminals have the guns here, people forget about all the gang shooting a few years ago.

I don't have a gun and I'm the 10 Commandments guy.

It all really makes sense here in Canaduh.

blunderdog's picture

It's worse than ignorance--it's bald-faced DENIAL.  Posts here on virtually every thread from some asshole boasting about how happy they are to have guns and ammo to shoot zombies/sheeple/whoever when everything falls apart.

It's the "Revelations" fantasy, and it's been well-known since man first dragged himself out of the swamp.

bankerbackbacon's picture


What fucking planet are you living on.

We are microchipping people, our society is going bankrupt and right destroyed, our govenrment is flying mind reading drones over our heads.

Revelations or not, Athiest troglydite or not, its called protection.

Atheist Liberal. I love it every wipe/tax my fishman-ass bit of that. You are the Zombie!

Do you see it!!!!!!!!!!

Magma, Zombies, great song btw douche.

blunderdog's picture

I live on Earth.  Where are you posting from?

Urban Redneck's picture

In what country?

There are a whole bunch of countries that are currently plagued by zombies where shit has already fallen apart, or was never together in the first place.



blunderdog's picture

I'm disappointed you're not paying attention.  I live in Brooklyn, NYC.  The USA.  

Whatever the problems and failings of the people around me, they certainly aren't zombies.

fxrxexexdxoxmx's picture

First thing I thought about when Obama was speaking about the horror done today was how many innocent children have been killed by drone strikes since he first came into office. 

Innocent men, although they were suppose to valid targets, and non valid women and children are still being killed in the tribal regions of Pakistan by the current Commander In Chief, POTUS, Barrack Obama. And it was and continues to be this POTUS who escalated the use of drones in Pakistan. So he is directly responsible. He has been in Charge for nearly 4 years it is no longer the last idiot (BUSH) who is at fault.

Parrotile's picture

One wonders just how many people, from Countries used for "US Target Practice" over the past years, will be cheering to see how the chickens are coming home to roost.

Don't expect anything other than "official" condolences from the populations of Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan . . . . .

I note no official condolences (so far) from Mr Netenyahu and others. . . Maybe they consider the current magnitude of US financial support inadequate to justify a compassionate response.

DeficitAlchemist's picture

Wait till 'reset day' takes place... gunned up to the hilt Americans are gonna do an Anrie movie body count... my only hope is it will be Governemnt officials and there behind the scenes handlers, not school kids that get taken down

coolpajim's picture

We all feel sympathy for the families affected by the shooting in Connecticut. It is a truly tragic event and those who endured it will be affected for life. We need to pray for their peace.

But now a word about the underlying cause(s).
The horrific shooting in Connecticut has quickly awakened the gun control crowd. Speaking theologically, it is troubling that there is seldom, if ever, any mention of the total depravity of man as the potential cause. I am convinced that if there were no guns readily available we would continue to have tragic massacres utilizing guns or whatever was available. In fact, history has shown this is true as there have always been massacres long before the invention of guns. It has been this way since Cain and Able and will continue to be so until sin is completely eradicated, which we all know will not happen in this life.

The guns are not the problem; these tragic events are a direct result of the moral degradation in our nation and the world. However, look for that message in the media. Fat chance!

Mark Noonan's picture

I remember the last time we had this list up...and I remember what I wrote about it:

...Once upon a time, there weren’t mass shootings.  Not that there were fewer:  there were none.  Crazed lunatics with access to repeating rifles did not go on murderous rampages in the 1880's.  Crazed lunatics with access to the Thompson sub-machine gun (a fully automatic weapon firing a murderous .45 ACP round at 600 rounds per minute…and anyone could buy it in the 20's or 30's…didn’t even need a permit) did not go on murderous rampages in the 1930?s.  Crazed lunatics who have to jump through government hoops to obtain semi-automatic weapons do go on murderous rampages, today.  What has changed?  I mean, other than the fact that it is harder to obtain less effective murder weapons than were available in the 1930's?

Morality has changed.

Back in the past we didn’t have a society where the family was half collapsed.  We didn’t have a society where lies were officially designated as “politically correct” and thus not to be questioned.  Where the government nanny-State has replaced men in a quarter of all households.  Where violence is glorified in “cool” movies, television shows and video games.  Where obscene and/or anti-social behavior is not a matter for concern (until, that is, the obscene or anti-social person picks up a gun and starts shooting).   The problem we have – the reason people go on shooting rampages – is because we are an immoral society.  Until we become, once again, a moral society this will not change – all you’ll get is ever more shootings and, likely, ever worse shootings...

We're just going to get worse and worse on this until we change, as a people...stop being selfish and greedy and licentious and dishonest.  And, yes, I include myself...I've been a willing participant in the sewer, too.  We have to repent, people...

maximin thrax's picture

We have 315 Million people in the country - that we know about. With all the anamosity, psychosis, divisiveness and depravity we see on a daily basis, the question this tragedy forms in my mind is not "what's gone so wrong with this country," but is instead "why doesn't this kind of shooting happen several times a week, instead of every now and again?" To want to commit suicide, and take as many out as possible in doing so, is simply a short drive for most people to a soft target somewhere, such as a school. And deterence is meaninless to a person with a deathwish. But for some reason, most suicidal people don't just walk into a school and kill by the dozens. This is a line most nutjobs won't even cross.

So I get a bit frustrated when a Columbine, a VA Tech or this massacre is somehow held up as indicitive of what kind of nation we are or what our future portents. It is still a statistical aberration whose responsibility must be placed on the shoulders of the shooter, and nothing more. A kid is still many times more likely to be killed in his home by a stray bullet than at school by a gunman, and such a death of an innocent child rarely merits a national audience.

andrewp111's picture

If the Media had their way there would be several dozen a day. That is why they hype the stories up so much - they want copycats galore.

Tommy Gunner's picture

What I don't understand is why these crazies don't choose deserving targets.

Instead of kids - walk down to Wall Street at 8am and start unloading. 

alfbell's picture

I guarantee that this shooter, like 98% of all the other shooters, was either institutionalized or was an out-patient to a psychologist or psychiatrist and was on psychotrobic drugs (anti-depressants, ritalin, prozac, etc. etc.) pushed out into the society by our caring pharmaceutical companies. I believe that it is a plot, utilizing drug crazed (basically brainwashed) people, to commit these atrocities with the end goal of repealing the 2nd Amendment's right to bear arms. The public has to be disarmed as we continue to move towards a totalitarian or police state, and this is in the works. Could someone be so evil as to affect their goals via the murder of innocent children? You bet. Nothing to our government as it does this every day in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and all the other places we've waged war to "protect democracy and liberty". I think I'm gonna throw up.

tony bonn's picture

these mass murders go back directly to the cia's mk-ultra projects and allied mind control....i have no doubt that these are generally the product of the bush crime syndicate - just as was the beltway killer....these are efforts to justify to the elimination of the right to bear arms and imposition of martial law....

bankerbackbacon's picture

Thankyou for providing the name of the project I was citing earlier.

Ironically, the person who gave you a minus one probably doesn't know that is a declassified document they can access under the freedom of information act.

Here is the brain scanning.

After all, there is so much evidence that there has been no Bush crimes or mind control of the American people?!




icanhasbailout's picture

Don't forget the mass shooting BY COPS at the Empire State Building earlier this year.

Aurora Ex Machina's picture

Technically that's "friendly fire".


Ask the British forces who served in Iraq about it some time.

Randall Cabot's picture

"Let me tell you what kind of "strength" comes from our diversity. Alienation is the primary product of diversity. People who live in a homogeneous society, where the people they work with and interact with every day are similar to them -- that is, look similar, have similar values and attitudes, react in similar ways to events -- people in a homogeneous society tend to bond with the people around them. They tend to feel a sense of community. They tend to feel a sense of security from having people like them around them. They seek the approval of the people with whom they have bonded. They feel a sense of responsibility and protectiveness toward these people. With good leadership and reasonably good human stock, the community is strong.

Take away the homogeneity, and you greatly reduce the likelihood of bonding. Instead of a community you have simply a collection of individuals, and each of those individuals is thinking, at least at a subconscious level, "It's every man for himself." Without homogeneity you no longer have a common set of shared values. Antisocial behavior goes way up: schoolyard shootings and drug usage, for example. Neurotic and psychotic behavior goes way up too. Diversity is a real boon for the psychiatrists. Borderline people, who would adjust reasonably well in a homogeneous community, are much more likely to go over the edge and become neurotic or psychotic as the diversity increases.

Without homogeneity the individuals in the society have a weaker sense of identity, a weaker sense of who they are and of what they belong to. They're much less likely to find positive role models among the real people around them: among their teachers and neighbors and community leaders. They're much less likely to have constructive goals or to lead purposeful and useful lives."


AnAnonymous's picture

'Americans' have this talent at denying their own achievements.

'Americans' have performed wonderfully when it comes to reduce diversity and work toward uniformization of the world.

And again, the same pattern here, typical to 'americans': the cures for all the ailments of 'americanism' is even more 'americanism'

More debt, more guns, more homogenization of society.

Welcome to an 'american' world.

boeing747's picture

Missing one case in 2009:

one ex-IBM engineer in new jersey(?) killed 11(?) people in a community center.

alfbell's picture

Further evidence that this "civilization" is on a dwindling spiral, our government is out of control, morality is disappearing, we are on our way to hell in a hand basket.

djsmps's picture

I can't even imagine the number of innocent children killed when Obama unleashed a holocaust of 250 cruise missiles in Libya.


It is highly likely that the shooter was a 'MK Ultra' mind control victim, and was in a dissociative state while the shootings were taking place (i.e., he was not consciously aware of what he was doing).


Typically eyewitnesses in these types of shootings will tell you that the shooter had a distant, emotionless look in their eyes. When questioned afterward, like in the case of John Holmes, the shooters will usually say that they have no recollection of what they have done. These are classic symptoms of acting out while in an induced dissociative state.

fxrxexexdxoxmx's picture

When a society no longer values every single human life that culture creates people who do not value all lives equally.

We have legitimized the killing of the unprotected young and then hide the financially poor and physically week elderly, with and without family, to end their days in geriatric wards.

If the youngest can be killed without regret before their first breath and then the eldest are sent away once they are no longer of economic value I am thankful but not surprised that one among millions of us fails to understand the beauty and sanctity of every persons life.

q99x2's picture

Unprosecuted Fraud at the top rapidly deteriorates in social neurosis. The will of the individual and state then attempts to increase the restrictions on the psyche until the bubble bursts.

Bad sign of the times as the country is driven to ruin from Washington DC.

AnAnonymous's picture


'Americans' started by declaring unalienable rights to human beings, only to better own slaves and grab land.

Coming up with principles and denying them by yourself comes with consequences. It sets the rules.

'Americanism' is becoming the dominant and only. Everything else that could tune down 'americanism''s effects is going.

More and more sheer expression of 'americanism' to be expected around the world.

snblitz's picture

Using my sliderule that comes to about 7 deaths per year over the period 1990-2012.

That does not look like a massacre problem to me.

45,000+ per year die in automobile related accidents.

500+ per year are killed in arson fires (excluding 9/11)

I am sad to say that if we take guns away from people, they would switch to gas and a match.

I do wonder that of the crimes that do happen many happen at schools.  There must be some correlation there.

Parrotile's picture

Which sliderule manufacturer do you prefer? US, or European?

Member of the Oughtred Society by any chance???

mrdenis's picture

What a perfect day to open  duck hunting season in the Garden State ......