Mass Shooting Incidents In The Last Two Decades

Tyler Durden's picture

At least superficially, they appear to be coming more and more often.

From Reuters:

March 13, 1996 - BRITAIN - Gunman Thomas Hamilton burst into a primary school in the Scottish town of Dunblane and shot dead 16 children and their teacher before killing himself.

April 28, 1996 - AUSTRALIA - Martin Bryant unleashed modern Australia's worst mass murder when he shot dead 35 people at the Port Arthur tourist site in the southern state of Tasmania.

April 1999 - UNITED STATES - Two heavily-armed teenagers went on a rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Denver, shooting 13 students and staff before taking their own lives.

July 1999 - UNITED STATES - A gunman killed nine people at two brokerages in Atlanta, after apparently killing his wife and two children. He committed suicide five hours later.

June 2001 - NEPAL - Eight members of the Nepalese Royal family were killed in a palace massacre by Crown Prince Dipendra who later turned a gun on himself and died few days later. His youngest brother also died later raising the death toll to 10.

April 26, 2002 - GERMANY - In Erfurt, eastern Germany, 19-year-old Robert Steinhauser opened fire after saying he was not going to take a math test. He killed 12 teachers, a secretary, two pupils and a policeman at the Gutenberg Gymnasium, before killing himself.

Oct. 2002 - UNITED STATES - John Muhammad and Lee Malvo killed 10 people in sniper-style shooting deaths that terrorized the Washington, D.C., area.

April 16, 2007 - USA - Virginia Tech, a university in Blacksburg, Virginia, became the site of the deadliest rampage in U.S. history when a gunman killed 32 people and himself.

Nov. 7, 2007 - FINLAND - Pekka-Eric Auvinen killed six fellow students, the school nurse, the principal and himself with a handgun at the Jokela High School near Helsinki.

Sept. 23, 2008 - FINLAND - Student Matti Saari opened fire in a vocational school in Kauhajoki in northwest Finland, killing nine other students and one male staff member before killing himself.

March 11, 2009 - GERMANY - A 17-year-old gunman dressed in combat gear killed nine students and three teachers at a school near Stuttgart. He also killed one other person at a nearby clinic. He was later killed in a shoot-out with police. Two additional passers-by were killed and two policemen seriously injured, bringing the death toll to 16 including the gunman.

June 2, 2010 - BRITAIN - Gunman Derrick Bird opened fire on people in towns across the rural county of Cumbria. Twelve people were killed and 11 injured. Bird also killed himself.

April 9, 2011 - NETHERLANDS - Tristan van der Vlis opened fire in the Ridderhof mall in Alphen aan den Rijn, south of Amsterdam, killing six before turning the gun on himself.

July 22, 2011 - NORWAY - Police seize a gunman who killed 69 people at a youth summer camp of Norway's ruling political party, on the small, holiday island of Utoeya. Anders Behring Breivik is later charged with the killings, as well as with an earlier bombing in Oslo which killed eight people. The trial ended last month with Breivik saying that his bombing and shooting rampage was necessary to defend the country - prompting a walk-out by relatives of his victims.

Dec. 13, 2011 - BELGIUM - Gunman Nordine Armani killed three people, including a 17-month-old toddler, wounding 121 in a central square in the eastern city of Liege, before shooting himself. The next day Belgian investigators found the body of a woman in warehouse used by the gunman raising the death toll, including the killer, to five.

July 20, 2012 - UNITED STATES - A masked gunman killed 14 people and wounded 50 others when he opened fire on moviegoers at a showing of new Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" in the city of Denver.

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jazze's picture

This latest one is perfect timing for the UN Gun control law.

"They" can all go after gun owners again

infotechsailor's picture

Seem to be happening more and more often. Directly correlated to the percentage of the population on Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI Antidepressants).

SSRI Stories
Antidepressant Nightmares

"We Speak for the Dead to Protect the Living"


Withdrawal can often be more dangerous than continuing on a medication. It is important to withdraw extremely slowly from these drugs, usually over a period of a year or more, under the supervision of a qualified specialist. Withdrawal is sometimes more severe than the original
symptoms or problems.

Id fight Gandhi's picture

Nasty psychoactive pills that drs give out like candy.

TheTmfreak's picture

More sensational garbage. More people are killed via gun accidents in a year than all of those incidents combined. More people are probably hacked to death with machetes in Africa each year than all those incidents combined. More people die from senseless traffic accidents in ANY country per year than all those incidents combined. Not to say it isn't a tragic and fucked up incident, but I'd say lets put this in perspective to other incidents where people probably should still be alive. (innocents)

bank guy in Brussels's picture

Mark Ames wrote a book on this, 'Going Postal', trying to answer the question as to why these mass murders suddenly started happening a few decades ago, in the US and developed societies especially.

After all, long ago, in the late 1800s for example, people were carrying guns around just about everywhere in the US and Britain, often concealed (it was considered a basic human right back then, often no permit needed) and yet these kinds of mass murder sessions of random innocents did not happen like they do now.

What Ames noticed, is that these modern mass murders are very similar to the mass murders committed by slaves in the Western world slavery era. Abused and oppressed and feeling helpless, and usually unable to go after their real owners-masters, slaves often lashed out and hurt or killed others around them, other slaves included.

Ames theory' is that modern society has sunk to a point where people feel abused and helpless and unable to do anything because of all the modern world constraints, and a few eventually expode irrationally just like the slaves - because they - we - are often in the mental state of slaves.

The media often hides background facts -

Like in those USA Columbine High School shootings that became the subject of Michael Moore's anti-gun movie ... What is almost never mentioned is that the two teen-age boys were apparently raped while they were arrested for some minor offence and while in police custody.

With no justice for the crimes against themselves, boiling over with torment over being raped young males, they exploded in a murderous rampage ... and afterwards the US media hid the fact that the boys themselves, were victims of the US police and justice system that destroyed their minds with its brutality.

Freewheelin Franklin's picture

You mean from Ames and Levine? Do those guys have any credibility left?

redpill's picture

This has nothing to do with firearms, and everything to do with our unwillingness as a society to seriously address mental illness.

We have no problem doling out SNAP cards to sane, able-bodied people so they can spend their money on iphones and manicures instead of groceries, but when it comes to people who are debilitatingly insane and potentially dangerous, the only response is crickets because it's not a pleasant issue to deal with.

So to everyone else, the next time you see the guy wandering around outside the grocery store talking to an invisible friend, or your kid comes home from school and talks about the weird crazy kid that everyone picks on, maybe think about whether there is something you could do other than ignore it.

And it's also a keen reminder that shit can go down anywhere, any time.  Situational awareness is a good habit to have whether you're a soldier, or on the highway, or just sitting down to watch an overhyped movie at midnight.

blunderdog's picture

Mental illness is often portrayed as a defect of CHARACTER, unlike something like, say, Parkinson's disease. 

We've gone about as far as we can go in the direction of, "if it's not my own personal life, it doesn't affect me at all and I refuse to pay for it."

These things will continue to become more common until the conditions for the majority of the population start to improve.  Doesn't look to me like we should expect a turnaround any time soon. 

The USA should be reduced to just another violent maleducated backwater in another 10 years of struggling to protect the owners of our government from the subjects.

12ToothAssassin's picture

Tylers Durden did you forget the recent French guy (Mohamed Merah) that shot up the school and then holed up in his pad before being killed in a shootout with police?

OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

Oh oh, I am so surprised that the most militaristic nation on Earth with the most gigantic killing machine military flinging bombs across the globe had a violent incident at a movie full of mega-violence.

now the blogosphere will erupt with people saying they just need to arm everybody to the teeth and all walk around on a hair trigger, stand-your-grounding everything in sight.

I live in Australia where a mass shooting occurred 35 years ago, it woke this nation up so they disarmed the place, now it has a murder rate 1/4 of the US. But no, let's just be sure schoolkids, suburban Moms, movie goers and everybody has all the weaponry they can dream of at their fingertips and just blaze away.

Yeah, yeah, then only criminals will have guns, blah blah. Why not just lay anti-personnel mines around everyone's house, we can all stay home and play violent video games

Randall Cabot's picture

Today 12 people died, if they take the guns from the population it will be 12 million tomorrow and 120 million after that. The same gang that took over Russia 90 years ago has taken over America, and Australia too.

Random_Robert's picture

Australia and Switzerland-


two societies at opposite ends of the "governement mandated gun control" spectrum, and yet both have similar violent crime rate statistics... hmmmm.


Perhaps guns actually have nothing to do with violent crime at all.  Maybe violent crime is simply a by-product of a completeley fucked sense of social awareness.


Congrats to you Aussies for your stable society.... but I warn you- entropy's a bitch.


All stability is merely a fleeting and elusive moment that only blinks in and out between periods of pure chaos.

12ToothAssassin's picture

More about guns and crime rate correlation here:



LoneStarHog's picture

The problem is that the one's presently committing the violence are mentally and/or physically unstable. The true criminals - for example, The Banksters - have professional protection.  Now, the first tactical move when executing a strategy against a main target is to identify its defenses.  The second tactical move is to TAKE OUT those defenses.  Only when the most dangerous job in the world becomes PROTECTING the banksters will TRUE justice prevail.  When the TRUE criminals can't get ANYONE to protect them - the so-called protection professionals knowing that THEY become the targets - will the TRUE criminals be available to We The People because they will stand naked and unprotected.

overbet's picture

You should sort them by victims rather than chronologically.

Zymurguy's picture

Read:  The Bias Against Guns (Lott) if you really want to learn the statistical facts regarding death and injury associated with firearms.  He even explains to you how the statistics are derived which is as important when looking at these figures.

My fav' quote in regards to situations like this:

"When seconds count, the police are only minutes away."

It takes a predator less than 30 seconds to move through every room in an average sized home.  You and your whole family could be dead in that amount of time.  Police response time is at best about 3 minutes in suburban United States.

Predators seek soft targets, like a ceremony where no one is armed, or schools where no one is armed, or theaters where no one is armed.

There have been many situations where a predator has been confronted by armed resistance and was stopped - the dino-media does not report that, however.  They only report armed resistance when it's an off duty police officer or a retired vet'.  Wonder why that is?

smiler03's picture

What an absolute joke. Who drew this list up??? Only 2 in the US in 2002 and 2012???

Try this little list courtesy of Wikipedia, and these are JUST SCHOOL SHOOTINGS


  • May 26, 2000: Lake Worth, Florida Lake Worth Middle School Barry Grunow was fatally shot by his student, 13-year-old Nathaniel Brazill, who had returned to school after being sent home at 1 p.m. by the assistant principal for throwing water balloons. Brazill returned to school on his bike with a 5 inch Raven, and four bullets stolen from his grandfather the week before. Brazill was an honor student. Grunow was a popular teacher and Brazill's favorite.
  • 2000–2001 (19 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
  • 2001–2002 (4 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
  • 2002–2003 (14 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
  • 2003–2004 (29 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
  • 2004–2005 (20 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
  • 2005–2006 (5 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
  • 2006–2007 (38 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
  • 2007–2008 (3 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
  • 2008–2009 (10 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)


  • February 27, 2012: Chardon, Ohio Chardon High School, T.J. Lane, 17, took a .22-caliber pistol and a knife to Chardon High and firing 10 shots at a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table resulting in the death of 3 and wounding 2.
  • 2009–2010 (5 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
  • 2010-2011 (12 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
  • 2011-2012 (11 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)





LawsofPhysics's picture

Automobiles have killed mored people idiot, perhaps we should outlaw them too. Stupid fucking sheep.

TheTmfreak's picture

Yep exactly.

Bombs are outlawed, yet bombs still are made and go off.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Governments killed 250 million of their own people in the 20th Century alone, not counting wars.

Can we outlaw government? Please?

TheTmfreak's picture

No fucking shit.... I tried explaining this not long ago to somebody.


Whoopsies, anything for the "Greater good."

N. B. Forrest's picture

Sounds to me like the moral of the story is to pull your kids out of school.

I did, and they are safely ensconced in my home during the day protected by a heavily armed Mom and Dad. 

One more benefit of homeschooling. 

zapdude's picture

+1 Love it.  That's one of the reasons we homeschool our 6 children too. 

Actually only 4 right now, the other 2 are just toddlers. 

Standing order is that the wife never opens the door to anyone unexpected when I'm out.  And we are armed.

Another benefit to homeschooling is there's no bullying, drugs, or sexualization of my kids at home either. 

Makes it easier to learn without all that garbage, what a surprise!

houserich's picture



Your kids are missing out on:

  • Sorting by age
  • Impersonal large class
  • Poorly supervised freetime
  • Conflicts between teaching authority and parental authority
  • Inefficient and all-consuming schedule
  • Helicopter/drop-off day care parents

Are you sure you don't want to reconsider?


zapdude's picture

Oh, and don't forget the pedophile monster teachers and counselors that lurk in some classrooms and hallways. 

Not to throw all public or private schools under the bus, but these dirtbags exist in all corners of society, even the sacred public school system.

No thanks, you can keep your government school -- I'm out.

houserich's picture

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Moe Howard's picture

Legal "mood" and "anti-psychotic" drugs are common in almost all of these shootings. No need to go down any rabbit holes.

The drug companies shovel it out by the barrel full, and this is the result.

Make Zoloft illegal, not guns.

HardAssets's picture

You make one of the best points on this matter - - which seems to get lost in most of the other commentary (and especially 'news' media accounts of past incidents). The question that should be asked is "What, if any,  medications was the murderer taking ? "

AnAnonymous's picture

What Ames noticed, is that these modern mass murders are very similar to the mass murders committed by slaves in the Western world slavery era. Abused and oppressed and feeling helpless, and usually unable to go after their real owners-masters, slaves often lashed out and hurt or killed others around them, other slaves included.

Ames theory' is that modern society has sunk to a point where people feel abused and helpless and unable to do anything because of all the modern world constraints, and a few eventually expode irrationally just like the slaves - because they - we - are often in the mental state of slaves.


Quite a claim, even by US citizen standards.

Slaves in US citizen nations were oppressed, abused and helpless. They were also violently deshumanized as freedom is an unalienable right according to US citizens.

None of the shooters experienced anything like that.

They were more your US citizen typical middle class member who would unleash one's predatory impulses.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

More AnAnonymous screed:

Slaves in US citizen nations were oppressed, abused and helpless.

Tell us how much better off the slaves in Chinese citizenism nations are these days.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Slaves in US citizen nations were oppressed, abused and helpless. They were also violently deshumanized as freedom is an unalienable right according to US citizens.

Like in Pewblik Skewlz? Abuse is not limited to physical force.

Overfed's picture

That's been my own theory as well for quite some time.

So many people are feeling powerless and hopeless to the point that there is nothing left for them except notoriety through some heinous crime. Look for it to increase greatly as the whole world skitters out of control.

boogerbently's picture


Homosexual behavior is to blame for mass killings........those bastards!

LawsofPhysics's picture

Actually, automobiles have killed far more people, espcially under the age of 30.  Time to ban automobiles!!!!!  Stupid fucking sheep.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Roughly half of all gun deaths in the US are suicides. People who wish to depart, no matter what the method.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

@jazze Well what's your solution????? Clearly, the lax gun laws supported by right wing hillbillies are a major factor contributing to the rise of gun crime. How many more people need to die before crazy right wingers agree to sensible gun control legislation?

LoneStarHog's picture

MDB talking out his ASS, again! ... Why don't you do some BASIC Internet research and discover the following from the FBI - that is Federal Bureau of Idiots and not the other FBI - FaceBook Investors - even though both are equally STUPID!

According to the latest FBI statistics, areas where gun ownership has significantly INCREASED, especially Conceled Carry, gun-related crimes have DECREASED.


capitalist bison's picture

MDB is a satirical troll (and a damn funny one at that). What he says is the opposite of what he means.

Chump's picture

Yes, but that's why I junked him on this one.  This is neither the time nor the place for his usual bullshit.

purplefrog's picture

You are SO predictable.  What an ultramaroon!  Your version of sensible gun control would be to confiscate all guns.  When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.  Take a look at Mexico you douchebag.

KK Tipton's picture

"Take a look at Mexico you douchebag."

Yup. Never live in a place that bans guns.

El Paso, Texas....few gun killings....meanwhile just across the border:

Homicide statistics for Cd. Juarez » El Paso News Organization -

Year     Execution   Murder/Assault
2007     134             2
2008     1,300         32
2009     2,204         26
2010     2,661           77
Data source: Mexican federal government

BBC News - Ciudad Juarez's drug war death toll hits 3,000 -

"More than 30,000 people have died across Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against the drug cartels in 2006."

Ban guns...massive death follows.



sickofthepunx's picture

quit cherry picking.


you can't own guns in the UK Singapore and Hong Kong either and they have the lowest homicide rates in the world.

the reason mexicans are falling all over themselves to kill each other is they want that mighty dollar that flows from provided drugs to the depraved society to the north.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Talk about cherry picking.  Troll harder.

FYI- in the U.K. they actually enforce the fucking laws on the books.  They should try that in the U.S.S.A. for a fucking change it would solve the mexican problem over night.  Stupid fucking sheep and lack of any real fucking leadership plaugues the U.S.S.A.

Spastica Rex's picture

What if none of this is really about guns - one way or the other? Nah, stupid idea; best to stay on either side of the the gun line and throw stones at one another.

KK Tipton's picture

If decent Mexicans had owned guns all along, there would be no massive death toll.

Just like the US. Big drug problems...but no huge death toll numbers from systematic organized killings.
Privately owned guns prevent wars.

El Paso is fine. Mexican cousins loaded up with many guns. Texas, remember?
Few killings.

Freedom is not perfect. Gun killings will happen.
Humans have been taking the good with the bad for millennia.
What about the standing army problem in every country?
Why so sensitive now?

UK, Singapore, Hong Kong? Big Brother lifestyle. No population.

7 million in Hong Kong? Puleeze.

Communists (and other related scum) save up the anger and kill everybody in *big* batches periodically.
Be like them? Fuck that.

blunderdog's picture

    If decent Mexicans had owned guns all along, there would be no massive death toll.

Oh, that's just bullshit.  Why is it that so many of the gun arguments get so silly?  I'm opposed to any additional gun control too, but it's just incredible how much stupid shit you see posted on the subject.  FROM BOTH SIDES.

Reality check, Mexico: drug cartels are fucking GOVERNMENTS with ARMIES at their disposal.  They can afford to be

Campesinos don't stand a fucking chance against well-financed criminal cartel security forces, just like the homies in the projects don't stand a fucking chance against a SWAT team.

There's no one big simple explanation for every aspect of human injustice. 

JimBowie1958's picture

The arguments arent silly, its just that you are too fucking stupid to understand them because you dont seem to recognise the difference between good guys and bad guys. To you everyone is a fucking bad guy, so no one should have guns. People like you make me sick to my godamned stomach.

Drug cartels are  not governments you fucking moron and if the average little guy in Mexico could CC the drug dealing bastards wouldnt be so confident that they could grab them and kill them with impugnity.

If the Mexican government would arm the law abiding population there (or just let them arm themselvs with cheap guns) and put out 'wanted dead or alive' bounties on the drug dealers and open the borders for Texans to come over and help, the cartels would be broken in less than two months.

But the Mexican government does not want to fix the problem as they make far too much money off it from US contributions and skimmed budgets. Plus scared sheep will be far more likely to give up and simply give more power to the government in the hope that by some miracle they can finally fix things, I guess by passing laws and issuing fines on these criminal syndicates.

What a fucking sad joke. Statists like you Blunderbutt are the real reason hundreds of millions of people were slaughtered like sheep in the 20th century. It is heart warming to see the influence of idiots like you finally go into remission.