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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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.

bobnoxy's picture

Exactly! As in, convicted felons already can't buy a gun. Minors can't. Illegals aren't supposed to. Neither are crack dealers and gang bangers, but they do all the time. How about people with diagnosed bi-polar disease, or people on anti-depressants? You mean, that kind of sensible gun control?

Cue the NRA. Guns don't kill people, people do! No, bullets kill people, shot from guns by people that never should have owned one. If someone's coming at you with a knife, you stand a much better chance. Maybe you can outrun him at the very least.

Hard to outrun the bullet from a coward's gun.

GMadScientist's picture

Wow 63 (or is it 71) year old pre-cog!

It'd be a real shame if old Sammy had accidentally shot one of the other patrons in the heat of the moment though.

Better to kill kids with no previous record than give up some trinkets? Physician, heal hyself!

LawsofPhysics's picture

Samy clearly had some training.  Like any other tool of man. Knowing how to correctly use it is key. Some punks want to commit a crime with a gun and you go after the guy with a low caliber weapon who is trained how to use it and actually defends himself and the others in the cafe?  yes he had a low caliber weapon that when used correctly would knock an assilent down but not kill. Troll harder douchebag.

fuckers like you seem to think that there shouldn't be any consequences for bad behavior.  Go fuck yourself.

Overfed's picture

Well in that case, fork over your $$. Douche.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Otherwise, we should allow people to get away with theft, and coercion? Just because govt does it every day, does not make it right. In the end, nobody died....probably because someone stood up to these thugs.

The thugs in question threatened someone with a gun. At that moment, their expiration date was rightfully stamped "now."


JimBowie1958's picture

Dude, you dont know what the fuck you are talking about.

A guy with a knife out at 15 feet or less is far deadlier than a guy with a gun. The bullets may or may not kill you, and the guy shooting may or may not hit a lethal location, but a guy with a knife can easily open up your abdomen and spill your guts on the floor like a busted sack of raw meat.

Killing a person at arms reach is much easier with a knife than a gun.

People that freak out on guns all the time are simpletons that watch too much Hollyweird bullshit.

Diet Coke and Floozies's picture

Thank you... Very true.

IMHO the MSM creates copycat crimes...

MSM. About as useful as a sneeze in a spacesuit.

zapdude's picture

Absolutely - edged weapons at close range are more deadly than most firearms, especially if you know what you're doing. 

That's why I have both.  A 9MM lead shot makes a ~marble-sized hole a few inches deep.  An 20" short sword can be thrust all the way up to the hilt.

blunderdog's picture

So what percentage of the time would you prefer to be packing a knife than a gun? 

The vast majority of violent crimes are committed at close range--so by your logic, a knife is a far superior self-defense weapon than a sidearm.

Let's lighten up on the hyperbole, maybe.  Just a bit.

JimBowie1958's picture

I carry my gun about 60% of the time out in public.

I have a custom made knife with me 100% of the time. It has a blade that is like an elongated skinner with a gutting bulge to the end half of the blade. It is made of S30V stainless steel and sharpened to a 15% angle.

Depending on the circumstances I may prefer one to the all depends.

ScotlandTheBrave's picture

Huffingting Post wants their lapdog back.

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.

bobnoxy's picture

I already said I own guns. So you obviously are talking through your emotional ass. We already have gun control here. I had to sign a long form whenever I bought one, saying I wasn't dishonorably discharged, wasn't a felon, was a citizen.

What I'm saying, that you can't grasp intellectually, is that too many of th wrong people get them and use them against good people, like 12 innocent people trying to watch a fucking movie and minding their own business.

You are just too fucking stupid.

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.

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)