April 20, 1999
13 killed, 24 injured: Columbine, Colo
July 29, 1999
9 killed, 12 injured: Atlanta
Sept. 15, 1999
7 killed, 7 injured: Fort Worth
Dec. 26, 2000
7 killed: Wakefield, Mass
March 5, 2001
2 killed, 13 injured: Santee, Calif
July 8, 2003
5 killed, 9 injured: Meridian, Miss.
March 21, 2005
9 killed, 7 injured: Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minn
Oct. 2, 2006
5 killed, 5 injured: Nickel Mines, Pa.
Feb. 12, 2007
5 killed, 4 injured: Salt Lake City
April 16, 2007
32 killed, 17 injured: Blacksburg, Va
Dec. 5, 2007
8 killed, 4 injured: Omaha
Feb. 14, 2008
5 killed, 16 injured: Dekalb, Ill
April 3, 2009
13 killed, 4 injured: Binghamton, N.Y.
Nov. 5, 2009
13 killed, 32 injured: Ft. Hood, Texas
Aug. 3, 2010
8 killed, 2 injured: Manchester, Conn.
Jan. 8, 2011
6 killed, 11 injured: Tucson, Ariz
Oct. 12, 2011
8 killed, 1 injured: Seal Beach, Calif.
April 2, 2012
7 killed, 3 injured: Oakland
July 20, 2012
12 killed, 58 injured: Aurora, Colo.
Aug. 5, 2012
6 killed, 3 injured: Oak Creek, Wis.
Sept. 28, 2012
6 killed, 2 injured: Minneapolis, Minn
Oct. 21, 2012
3 dead, 4 injured; Brookfield, Wis.
Dec. 14, 2012
27 killed, one injured; Newtown, Conn.
Sources: L.A. Times research - Originally published July 20, 2012...updated yesterday
Credits: Maloy Moore, Megan Garvey, Evan Wagstaff
To all who commented on the original post:
Apparently I exceeded the allowable character number in my response...hence this addendum.
I have two daughters who are nine and fifteen and attend public schools. Needless to say, this is the sort of thing that is a parent's worse dream. I would be devastated if this happened to either of my children. So, this terrible thing rips my heart out in empathy...as a father and as a caring human being.
As to guns in general: I am not a stranger to guns, having served in the army as a platoon leader. I am qualified on the 45 cal pistol and M14 rifle, as expert. I own no guns, rifles or shotguns. Have never owned any and do not want to own any. Guns are forever unforgiving. There is nothing sporting about a gun, rifle or shotgun...of any type.
In my view, in this society there is no good reason to own a gun...the "only criminals would have guns" crowd notwithstanding.
When the Second Amendment was written there were only 4 million people in this country. We just recently hit the almost 314 million mark. The difference between that 18th Century Society and this one is clearly obvious to all but the brain dead...or should be. There are just too damned many people and as we know, too many mental deranged ones. The massive numbers should tell us that the issue of whether the Second Amendment was to insure that we have a miltia, or not, is moot. The Supreme Court, which ruled in 2010 that the militia issue wasn't the intent, but rather that freedom to own a firearm was the intent of the amendment. Honestly, I think the Supreme Court has thrown out common sense and is pandering to the NRA.
The mental health issue? In this case, no gun restriction law would have prevented his murder of babies. Was he mentally ill? Of course...but, the guns were available. He didn't have to go through any legal process to get them. He simply borrowed them, or rather, took them.
What really murdered these children was an attitude. His mother had the attitude. She owned the guns, and the attitude is re-inforced by our society and in particular by NRA members. What is the attitude? That we have a god-given right to own guns and that we NEED them in our lives. We do not.
Given our penchant lately for reducing funding for public programs such as mental health help, there is not much chance that we are going to address this part of the issue any time soon. And given that we have an insanely influential lobbying group...the NRA...calling the shots (no pun intended) on gun legislation...well, we are basically fucked. And so are our babies.
We all know the truth. No legislation will happen regards arms restrictions. No mental health programs will materialize to help individuals who have this sickness...and...the motherfucking NRA will continue to exist in all it's evilness. And no, President Obama is not planning to confiscate your bullshit arsenal, Billy Bob. Ain't gonna happen,.