The Top 5 Worst School Massacres in United States History
Number of Victims
Bath School Bombing
May 18, 1927
Bath Township, Michigan
Virginia Tech Massacre
April 16, 2007
Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting
December 14th, 2012
University of Texas Tower Shooting
Aug 1, 1966
Columbine High School Massacre
April 20, 1999
Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold
Sources: Top 5 of Anything Research 2012
List Notes: List is top 5 worst killings at a school in the United States until December 2012. Perpetrators are not included on the list of victims.
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Out of 59 high-profile shootings from 1980 onwards, a handgun was used in 71% of the shootings (42 cases) as the only or primary weapon, while in 29% (17 cases) a rifle or shotgun was used as the only or primary weapon. (a.)
In 62% of the handgun shootings (26 cases out of 59), the handguns were acquired legally. (a.)
In 71% of the long-gun shootings (12 cases out of 59), the guns were acquired legally. (a.)
According to an analysis carried out by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) of the high profile mass shootings between 1963 and 2001 the shooters involved these killings were as follows: school-aged children, disgruntled employees, lone-wolf assassins, domestic terrorists, jilted lovers, and people solely noted for their utter colorlessness—acting out of a wide range of motives. The one constant factor among them was the use of firearms, usually handguns. According to the VPC The attraction of the handgun to this class of shooter is that it is highly concealable and, in recent incarnations, boasts increased firepower in terms of ammunition capacity and calibre. (a.)
In 2011 there were 12,664 Murders in the United States and out of those 8,583 were committed with firearms. (b.)
Top 5 facts sources:
Violence Policy Center. (2001). Where'd They Get Their Guns: An Analysis of the Firearms Used in High-Profile Shootings, 1963 to 2001. Retrieved, December, 2012.
Federal Bureau of Investigation. (2011). US gun crime statistics, table 20. Retrieved, December, 2012.