There have been 58 in the last 30 years - and most of the killers got their guns legally.
It's perhaps too easy to forget how many times this has happened. The horrific mass murder at a movie theater in Colorado on July 20 and another at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin
on August 5 are the latest in an epidemic of such gun violence over the
last three decades. Since 1982, there have been at least 58 mass
carried out with firearms across the country, with the killings
unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii. We've mapped them
below, including details on the shooters' identities, the types of
weapons they used, and the number of victims they injured and killed.
Of the 134 guns possessed by the killers, more than three quarters
were obtained legally. The arsenal included dozens of assault weapons
and high-powered handguns. (See charts below.) Just as Jeffrey Weise
used a .40-caliber Glock to massacre students in Red Lake, Minnesota, in
2005, so too did James Holmes when blasting away at his victims in a
darkened movie theater.
Just under half of the cases involved school or workplace shootings
(11 and 17, respectively); the other 30 cases took place in locations
including shopping malls, restaurants, government buildings, and
military bases. Only one of the killers was a woman. (See Goleta,
Calif., in 2006.)
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