The most tragic mass shootings in U.S. history

Not one week without a mass shooting in 2022
Still no gun control
A problem without a solution?
Las Vegas (2017) - 57 victims
Shooting from a hotel room
Shooting for 15 minutes
Pulse nightclub, Orlando (2016) - 49 victims
Dozens of hostages
The worst terrorist attack since 9/11
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg (2007) - 33 victims
No escape for the students
Many students jumped out of windows
Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown (2012) - 28 victims
School shooting
Adam Lanza killed his own mother
Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas (2017) - 26 victims
The gunman was a former soldier
Seven children and a pregnant woman
Luby's Coffee Shop, Killeen (1991) - 23 victims
Proclamations against local women
Hennard took his own life
El Paso, Texas (2019) - 23 victims
A warning via the internet
The victims
Robb Elementary School, Uvalde (2022) - 21 victims
He bought an AR-15 rifle before turning eighteen
21 victims
Not one week without a mass shooting in 2022

There hasn’t been a single week in 2022 without a mass shooting taking place in the United States. It seems the problem is getting worse while gun violence slowly becomes normalized.

Still no gun control

Guns do not kill people, insists the US gun lobby. It is people who do that. It implies that whatever the level of American mass shootings, or its gun homicide rate, the solution is to improve morals not impose gun control.

A problem without a solution?

Perhaps by going over the most tragic shootings in the history of the United States, the magnitude of what has been happening for decades can be better understood.

Las Vegas (2017) - 57 victims

10:08 p.m. on October 1, 2017. Jason Aldean was performing at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas.

Shooting from a hotel room

Suddenly, Stephen Paddock began shooting from his room, located on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Hotel, 360 meters from the crowd he massacred.

Shooting for 15 minutes

The gunman shot for 15 minutes and killed 57 people and himself. There were a total of 851 wounded.

Pulse nightclub, Orlando (2016) - 49 victims

2:02 a.m. on June 12, 2016. Omar Mir Seddique Mateen pulled out a semi-automatic rifle and a 9mm Glock 17 pistol and shot at those inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Dozens of hostages

When the Orlando Police (OPD) arrived, the murderer barricaded himself in the premises, taking dozens of hostages for more than three hours, until the SWAT intervened and shot him down.

The worst terrorist attack since 9/11

That massacre resulted in 49 dead and 53 wounded, in what was considered the worst terrorist attack on the United States since 9/11. A year later though, it got overtaken by the Las Vegas shooting.

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg (2007) - 33 victims

7:15 a.m. on April 16, 2007. Seung-Hui Cho, a young English Literature major, opened fire at the West Ambler Johnston Hall student residence at Virginia State University, known as Virginia Tech.

No escape for the students

Two hours later, the murderer blocked several entrances to the Engineering career building, located 600 meters from the residence. All hell broke loose there.

Many students jumped out of windows

In total, there were 33 victims of this shooting, including the gunman. Twenty-nine people were injured, including several students who decided to jump out of the window rather than get shot at.

Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown (2012) - 28 victims

9:25 a.m. on December 14, 2012. Adam Lanza, 20, shot his own mother, Nancy Lanza, killing her and leaving her body at their home. He then headed to Sandy Hook Local Elementary School, located in Newtown, Connecticut.

School shooting

At 9:35 a.m., Adam Lanza took out a Bushmaster XM-15 ES2 rifle and started shooting people he met at the school lobby.

Adam Lanza killed his own mother

Lanza killed 27 people and himself. Twenty of his victims were children, and seven were adults, including his mother, Nancy Lanza.

Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas (2017) - 26 victims

11:30 a.m. on November 5, 2017. Sutherland Springs, a small town in Wilson County (Texas) with just over 500 inhabitants, was celebrating a church mass that was interrupted by Devin Patrick Kelley.

The gunman was a former soldier

This 26-year-old former soldier had been expelled from the force five years earlier for mistreating his wife and two-year-old son. The mother-in-law of his new wife, whom he had threatened, went to that church, although she had not gone that day.

Seven children and a pregnant woman

Armed with a Ruger AR-556 rifle, the former soldier killed 26 people and injured another 20. Among the deceased, there were seven children and a pregnant woman. After being chased briefly by the police, Devin Patrick Kelley decided to take his own life.

Luby's Coffee Shop, Killeen (1991) - 23 victims

October 16, 1991. George Hennard, 35, rams his Ford Ranger through a window at Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas. Unfortunately, that day it was more crowded than usual, with almost 150 people inside.

Proclamations against local women

Hennard then began firing from inside the truck while holding both Glock 17 and Ruger P89 pistols. He then exited the truck and yelled, "All women of Killeen and Belton are vipers! This is what you've done to me and my family! This is what Bell County did to me. This is payback day!"

Hennard took his own life

George Hennard's attack resulted in 23 deaths and 27 injuries. Hennard himself would end up taking his own life in the bathroom, after being cornered by the police.

El Paso, Texas (2019) - 23 victims

10:00 a.m. on August 3, 2019. Patrick Wood Crusius, a 21-year-old white supremacist, broke into a Walmart store at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas and started shooting with a semi-automatic rifle.

A warning via the internet

Half an hour earlier, the killer had posted a manifesto on the Internet, complaining about "the Hispanic invasion, automation, big corporations, and environmental degradation."

The victims

Patrick Wood Crusius fatally shot 23 people and injured another 23 of varying severity.

Robb Elementary School, Uvalde (2022) - 21 victims

11:28 a.m. on May 24, 2022. Salvador Rolando Ramos, 18, arrived at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Five minutes earlier, he had shot his 66-year-old grandmother, with whom he lived.

He bought an AR-15 rifle before turning eighteen

Armed with an AR-15 rifle, which he had bought days before turning 18, Salvador Rolando Ramos carried out this massacre, presumably because of the bullying he had suffered in his school years.

21 victims

After Virginia Tech (2007) and Sandy Hook (2012), the one in Uvalde was the shooting that left the most victims in a school in the United States. There were 21 dead: 19 students and two teachers.

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