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The Top 5 Worst School Massacres in United States History

  Massacre Date Location Number of Victims Perpetrator(s)
1 Bath School Bombing May 18, 1927 Bath Township, Michigan 45 killed Andrew Kehoe
2 Virginia Tech Massacre April 16, 2007 Blacksburg, Virginia 33 killed Seung-Hui Cho
3 Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting December 14th, 2012 Newtown Connecticut 26 killed Adam Lanza
4 University of Texas Tower Shooting Aug 1, 1966 Austin, Texas 14 killed Jeff Weise
5 Columbine High School Massacre April 20, 1999 Columbine, Colorado 13 killed 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. Important note: presents this unfortunate list in the interest of historical facts only. is completely against the exploitation of these horrible crimes for entertainment or business purposes. We are acutely aware that each victim listed above was a person with a family and friends who deeply feel their tragic and senseless loss.
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  1. 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.)
  2. In 62% of the handgun shootings (26 cases out of 59), the handguns were acquired legally. (a.)
  3. In 71% of the long-gun shootings (12 cases out of 59), the guns were acquired legally. (a.)
  4. 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.)
  5. 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:
  1. 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.
  2. Federal Bureau of Investigation. (2011). US gun crime statistics, table 20. Retrieved, December, 2012.
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