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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e-recep's picture

hiroshima and nagazaki come to mind, oh iraq 2003 as well.

TBT or not TBT's picture

In the UK they have terrible rates of property crime, and more than 50% of home invasions occur when the residents are home, because criminals and victims know the government will jail them for defending themselves, nevermind their stuff.     In the US, well most of the US, the figures are south of 10%, and lowest where the law won't even detain you for airing out a home invader inside your house.

HardAssets's picture

All this discussion is mildly interesting but some people are missing the forest for the trees. Look at various international programs and documents (particularly out of the U.N.). 'Gun control' is really about the monopoly of violence by the state. An armed populace is much more difficult to enslave, so they are using propaganda to try to disarm citizens. The American Founders were well aware that the 2nd Amendment was necessary - "When the government fears the people, there is Liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny" - Thomas Jefferson

Such reality that the American Founders experienced & knew had become unpopular to discuss over the years. So p.c. talk about deer hunting, crime, and 'gun' violence was brought up instead. It was unimaginable to Americans that they would be subjected to a tyrannical government - their heads were in the clouds. Well in a land where its all becoming all too obvious - - - cameras at every intersection, NDAA authorization for imprisonment or murder of citizens, naked body scans & abuse, drones to fill the skies . . . . the unimaginable is here.

Its sad when people are victims of some (likely psychological drug taking) murderer. But this must be put in perspective - - yes, this gets our attention. But many more people will die in traffic accidents today. - - - If you want to see violence on a massive scale (as in other times/places in world history) allow yourselves to be disarmed and let loose the criminal tyrants on a naive, defenseless people.

Cheater5's picture

Clearly, the lax gun laws supported by right wing hillbillies are a major factor contributing to the rise of gun crime.

Why would you assume that?  Most, if not all, of these shootings occured in situations where guns were heavily regulated if not banned.   Additionally, in almost all of the situation listed above (I'm not sure about Nepal or the brokerage incident), civilians did not have the right to carry defensive firearms (note: although we have a CCW law here in Colorado, the theater chain in question prohibits carrying on their property).  Honestly, I think you are suffering from a logical fallicy or wishfull thinging here.  Let's change the prohibited product to drugs.  Do laws prohibiting drugs prevent them from being obtained illegally or easily smuggled over borders?  

If you were to pull anything from the data points listed above, I would suggest that the appropriate hypothosis is that "succsesful" mass shooting tend to occur where the populace is disarmed.  If you want statistics to back this up go read John Lott's book.

KK Tipton's picture

"successful" mass shooting tend to occur where the populace is disarmed."


Norway. 69 dead in a single incident.

Mexico. Not a mass shooting but....3,000 dead in one year.
30,000 dead in just a few years.

LawsofPhysics's picture

and how many killed by other means?  How about vehicle deaths?  Yeah, let's outlaw everything that has the potential to be used as a weapon.  That will fix it.  Stupid fucking sheep.

AnAnonymous's picture

Well, well...

And in those body counts, how many were killed by a person intented on killing them?

The intent. US citizenism has so cornered US citizens they can no longer distinguish between incidental and intentional.

The day US citizens pick up a different means to kill when given the opportunity of using a tool designed to kill, well, they might have a point.

Up to that day, guns are designed and optimized to kill. Cars, butter knifes etc are not.

LawsofPhysics's picture

You are an idiot.  Try to address the issue of independent reasponsibility  instead of spouting nonsense like a good chinese citizenism.

HardAssets's picture

Do you know if he's out of China ?  He's always spouting off about (sometimes justified) American shortcomings. But will never say what country he's from - - Apparently the human beings in his country are complete angels and their government is infinitely kind & wise & just. But he won't answer where this earthly Paradise is located. And never offers solutions to enlighten us.

Foul Harold's picture

This comes from the culture which derives its entertainment by watching interviews of inmates directly before their state sponsored executions.


KK Tipton's picture

The US has a large, free thinking and individually responsible population.
We handle it just fine. The federal "government" problem is an anomaly that needs to be fixed.

China treats it's people worse than cattle. Maybe it has to?
They must be nasty, brutish, despicable humans.

Let the Chinese have full US style freedom in *every way* and see how they handle it.

My guess is that it would destroy them.


TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Hypocritical AnAnonymous displayed his eternal nature:

The intent. US citizenism has so cornered US citizens they can no longer distinguish between incidental and intentional.

Made me laugh. Such extreme hypocricy, even from you.

So tell us, since you never distinguish between incidental and intentional, are you also a US citizen cornered by US citizenism?

The answer will be quite telling, if you provide one.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

oh these americans, so buy citizening and gunning and means and ways.

With intending and means and guns and Americansismsmsm I fear greatly for the citizenisming that is upon us.

Cheater5's picture

Are you disagreeing with me?

TBT or not TBT's picture

(note: although we have a CCW law here in Colorado, the theater chain in question prohibits carrying on their property).

This ought to be the key political point here.    In TX I carried everywhere it was legal to, including one or two theaters whose not quite correctly posted signage prohibited it. 

Mass shooters like this, armor or not, make a lesser body count when they are being shot back at by trained individuals close at hand.   Generally, these nutters go to places where people are disarmed by law, Constitution Free, or Free Fire Zones might be good names for them, where the natural right, acknowledged by the Constitution to BEAR arms is constantly abridged.

HardAssets's picture

The business may have their rights, but I won't visit them if they are so posted.

If one happens (by oversight) to be on their property legally carrying concealed - they have the right to ask

you to leave, and that is all - - - at least where I'm at.

Offthebeach's picture

What's Chicago yearly rate running, 1,000+/yr? Aurora every four days. Ditto NYNY, NOleans, .....hundred other urban Paradise welfare production centers.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

You're right - the rise in gang and gun murders by police officer gangs is way up and until we can regulate away any power for any officer to have a gun, this crime-spree by police-mafia will only continue.

A sensible left-wing approach should ensure that all officers are disarmed and that they go through Pink Therapy(tm) to ensure they can gradually transition out of their gorilla-hood back to humanity - carrying pink foam nerf guns every day until they stop reaching for their guns to start a conversation... with Libertarians exhaling excess CO2 and silly notions of "freedom" and treasonous phrases like "hard currency"


Gully Foyle's picture

Uh dude

Analysts have blamed mental health problems caused by rapid social change for the rise in these kind of mass murder and murder-suicide incidents.[1]

Enceladus's picture

I blame ZH it was that god damned Money Market piece last night. I almost went out last night too! sarc/

TBT or not TBT's picture

Was he short the Euro?   That has been a painfully slow way to get returns, too slow if he was leveraged short.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Doctors kill 100,000 a year by bad prescriptions, surgery errors, accidents, and incompetence.  That number for iatrogenic deaths is probably a low figure because it was arrived at by the medical profession itself.  That should put things in perspective: a million highly-trained doctors wielding the tools of modern medicine kill 100,000 whereas 200 million zombie gun owners kill only a thousand or so. 


Zymurguy's picture

People dont' kill people, doctors kill people!

TBT or not TBT's picture

Correct prescriptions and stupid dietary advice from the USDA kill far more than this, I mean "prematurely kill" of course.   We're all going to get the chop at some point.

MillionDollarBoner_'s picture

Directly correlated to the percentage of the population on Zero Hedge ;o)

XitSam's picture

Do you have any evidence that this correlation is not a coincidence?

Gully Foyle's picture

Blah, blah, blafuckingah.

If someone wants to kills you weapon doesn't matter.

A series of uncoordinated mass stabbings, hammer attacks, and cleaver attacks in the People's Republic of China began in March 2010. The spate of attacks left at least 21 dead and some 90 injured. Analysts have blamed mental health problems caused by rapid social change for the rise in these kind of mass murder and murder-suicide incidents.[1]

Three mass stabbings of children in a month. What the hell is going on in China?

Arrest in Tokyo Mass Stabbing

SelectPlusArrest in Tokyo Mass StabbingArrest in Tokyo Mass StabbingThe Associated PressPolice said a man on a murder mission plowed into pedestrians with a truck in a crowded Tokyo neighborhood Sunday and then stabbed 17 people in three minutes, killing at least seven in a grisly attack that shocked Japan. (June 8)Police in Tokyo say at least seven people are dead and ten are injured following a stabbing rampage in a popular electronics district. Police say a man rammed a truck into a crowd of shoppers. They say he jumped out of the rented truck, began stabbing people that he'd knocked down, then turned his attention to horrified bystanders. 17 people were stabbed in just three minutes.(nats man in Japanese)One witness says he saw the man and thought he was just pushing people as he ran. Witnesses say he screamed as he attacked people.Police arrested 25-year-old Tomohiro Kato--who had blood on his face. A witness says he dropped the knife when police pointed a gun at him. Officials say Kato told police that he was tired of life and sick of everything. They say he told investigators that he intended to kill people.The attack happened at lunchtime in a crowded district where electronics and games are sold. It also fell on the seventh anniversary of another mass stabbing.At least 17 ambulances rushed to the scene to tend to the victims. Once rare, stabbing attacks have become more frequent in Japan in recent years as violent crime has increased

At 10:15 that morning, 37-year-old former janitor Mamoru Takuma entered the school armed with a kitchen knife and began stabbing numerous school children and teachers. He killed eight children, mostly between the ages of seven and eight, and seriously wounded thirteen other children and two teachers

Spree killer

( A fucking lot of history was missed by the ZH OP good read)

AnAnonymous's picture

US citizenism is spreading in China...

MillionDollarBoner_'s picture

< AnAnonymous is a great guy and we all want to hear more

< AnAnonymous is an Ass-Hat and should have been drowned at birth

AnAnonymous's picture

Twelve people supporting my US citizen right to life...

Option one has collected 6 answers and option 2 has collected minus 6 (then opposition).

Aint life good in a US citizen world?

KK Tipton's picture

That's full on human freedom for ya!


Could *you* handle it?

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

AnAnonymous gloated:

Aint life good in a US citizen world?

You should celebrate with a dinner of yak weenis in umbilical cord broth and a side of babyfingers in ginger sauce.

Fetching cuisine of Chinese citizenism deliciousing abundantly.

HardAssets's picture

You know 'us' versus 'them' is a method the psychopath controllers use to manipulate us who they all rob, don't you ? I've been to China, spent time with people there (including sharing some great meals) and enjoyed their company immensely. IMO most people get along fine if given the chance.

XitSam's picture

If Zero Hedge was a democracy, you'd be dead already.

TPTB_r_TBTF's picture

<  > AnAnonymous is my favorite troll

< X > AnAnonymous is my second favorite troll

< > AnAnonymous is my third favorite troll

< > AnAnonymous is nowhere near my favorite troll

HardAssets's picture

Hmmm - - - he's an asshat, but I don't think infants should be drowned at birth so I have to pass on this particular vote.

KK Tipton's picture

"US citizenism is spreading in China..."


Hardly. They couldn't handle it and survive.

Pathetic sub humans that need a totalitarian government ruling them with the barrel of a gun 24/7.
They would murder millions of their citizens if the whim struck them.


I do like General Tso's Chicken though!

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


I do like General Tso's Chicken though!

Ah, that is US citizenized version. Authentic fetching cuisine of Chinese citizenism original dish is actually General Chicken's Toes. Tastingful muchly when stir fried with bulldog tongues in plum sauce.

Overfed's picture

Chinese citizenism is spreading in USA.

KK Tipton's picture

"If someone wants to kills you weapon doesn't matter."


In Toronto, Canadians try to cut dicks off with broken wine bottles.

True story!

gdogus erectus's picture

Correct. It's about the only false flag they seem to be able to pull off these days. They also needed to counter the viral video of the old guy shooting and defending against two armed robbers. Can't let the masses get all excited about that!

TBT or not TBT's picture

Oh their have been bigger mass shootings that these, perpetrated by government employees against defenseless(disarmed by law) subjects of those governments.    Kristallnacht was just a little warm up for the Nazis.   And don't even begin with examples from the turd world.   Countless.

HardAssets's picture

Yep - - as probably most ZHers know - govt was the biggest mass murderer of people in the last century. Couple hundred million, not counting those in war. The psychopaths eventually seem to reach the top in government.


jonan's picture

i'm will to bet (call with a p=1 strike) that he was on antidepressants...

brewing's picture

the horror... the horror...

sessinpo's picture

charging a man with murder in this place was like handing out speeding tickets in the Indy 500.

Stoploss's picture

"They" can try..

Robot Traders Mom's picture

Not a time for my 'smart' comments.


Sad for everyone involved.