How much do you remember about the 10 deadliest shootings in U.S. history?
With the latest massacre fresh on our minds and now topping the list of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, we'll remember the name Stephen Paddock for awhile. We'll remember it was from a high floor at a Las Vegas hotel and that nearly 60 people were killed and more than 500 injured.
As these mass shootings pile up, and they are happening more frequently in recent years compared to the early 2000s, the details blend together. It's that blending in my opinion that makes us grow numb. When we lose our ability to feel, we lose our ability to care. No matter where you stand on gun rights vs. gun control, this is something we all should care about.
So here's a dark refresher course on the 10 deadliest shootings in U.S. history.
1) Las Vegas, NV
October 1, 2017
64 year old Stephen Paddock fired hundreds of rounds from automatic weapons sniper style from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. He killed at least 59 people at the Harvest Music Festival taking place below, and more than 500 were injured. He took his own life as police moved in. It now stands as the single deadliest mass shooting in American history.
2) Pulse in Orlando, FL
June 12, 2016
A gay nightclub was the scene of a mass shooting by Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29. He opened fired inside the club Pulse and killed at least 49 and injured over 50. In an operation to free hostages police shot and killed Mateen.
3) Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
April 16, 2007
Seung-Hui CHo, 23, went on a rampage and killed 32 people in two locations. He then took his own life.
4) Sandy Hook Elementary, Newtown, CT
December 14, 2012
A mentally ill Adam Lanza who lived with his mother managed to acquire his mother's weapon and killed her before heading to the school. He then killed 26 people. 20 were children ages 6 and 7. The rest were adults. He then killed himself.
5) Luby's Cafeteria, Killen, TX
October 16, 1991
George Hennard, 35, drove his truck straight through the wall of the eatery, exited the truck with a gun and shot and killed 23 people before taking his own life.
6) McDonald's, San Ysidro, CA
July 18, 1984
41 yr old James Huberty used a pump-action shotgun and a long-barreled Uzi to shoot and kill 21 people, both adults and children. It took an hour for a police sharpshooter to end the rampage by killing Huberty.
7) University of Texas, Austin, TX
August 1, 1966
The infamous "Texas Tower Sniper", Charles Joseph Whitman, killed 16 and wounded at least 30. But not before starting his day killing his mother and wife. Police officers shot and killed him in the tower.
8) Inland Regional Center, San Bernardino, CA
December 2, 2015
Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a married couple, together killed 14 people before being shot to death by police later in the day.
9) Post Office, Edmond, OK
August 20, 1986
Patrick Henry Sherrill, armed with 3 handguns, shot and killed 14 postal workers in 10 minutes time. He then shot himself in the head.
10) Fort Hood, TX
November 5, 2009
13 people were shot to death and 32 more injured by Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. He was taken alive, convicted, and sentenced to death.
Just as deadly but not as many injured, there were several other mass shootings where 13 people died in our nation's history. One of them happened right here in New Jersey and some historians say it was in many senses the first mass shooting of the type we think about in modern day. You can read more about that incident here.
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