Since Jared Loughner's Tucson Massacre, Six U.S. Shootings Have Been Deadlier, Including Today's Shooting in Connecticut

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Jared Loughner murdered six people in January, 2011.
Consider this: it hasn't quite been two years since Jared Loughner opened fire outside a Tucson safeway, killing six people, and injuring 13, including then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

With today's shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut -- which reportedly killed 27 people, including 20 kids -- there have now been six mass shootings in the United States that were more deadly than Loughner's shooting, in less than two years.

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Of course, the shooting carried out by Loughner -- who's since been sentenced to life in prison -- likely attracted additional attention since it involved Loughner shooting a sitting congresswoman in the head.

However, going by the number of people left dead, six shootings have been deadlier than Loughner's since that day, and a seventh left just as many people dead as Loughner did.

Here they are:

  • Newtown Connecticut: 27 or 28 dead

  • The facts are still coming in on this, today's shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. According to the Associated Press, police believe 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children, six adults, and finally, himself. A 28th person was also found dead, at a different location, but it's unclear how that's connected to the shooting at the school.

  • Aurora, Colorado: 12 dead

  • James Holmes is accused of killing 12 people, and injuring 59, when he opened fire inside a movie theater about 30 minutes into the film, The Dark Knight Rises on July 20.

  • Seal Beach, California: 8 dead

  • Scott Dekraai apparently got into a child-custody argument with his ex-wife on October 12, 2011. According to the Orange County District Attorney, Dekraai went to his wife's place of employment -- a hair salon -- and started "executing employees and customers at random." Only one person shot survived, while eight people died.

  • Oakland, California: 7 dead

  • One L. Goh, a former student at a Korean Christian college in Oakland, allegedly started shooting people in a nursing class on April 2, killing seven people, and injuring three. He eventually surrendered to police, and until today, this was the deadliest shooting at a school since the Virginia Tech Massacre in 2007.

  • Oak Creek, Wisconsin: 7 dead

  • Apparent white-supremacist Wade Michael Page started shooting people at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin on August 5. After being shot by a responding police officer, Page killed himself by shooting himself in the head. In total, Page killed seven people, including himself. Four others, including a police officer, were injured.

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: 7 dead

  • Andrew Engeldinger was fired from his job at a printing company on September 27, and responded by shooting people inside the building. Seven people ended up dying as a result of the shooting, including Engeldinger, who committed suicide.

  • Seattle, Washington: 6 dead

  • Ian Stawicki shot five people at a Seattle cafe on May 30. Four of them died. Stawicki shot and killed another woman a half-hour later, before stealing her SUV, and killed himself after being cornered by the cops.

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maxonepercent
maxonepercent

Whatever your stance is on gun-control, no one can deny the fact that all but one of these shootings occurred in states that have more-restrictive gun laws than the national average.  It proves the point that laws do not deter criminals.

robert_graham
robert_graham

This is why we must enact gun control. If not things are going to get worse. All guns in this country should be banned flat out. Anybody in possession of a weapon should be sentenced to life in prison no questions asked and no plea bargains. Police should have the right to stop and search anybody for weapons at anytime without a warrant or probable cause.  Or can you think of a better idea????

sarum
sarum

CENSORSHIP is a disgusting thing. My links to bona fide correlations between pharmaceuticals and incidents of violence based on evidence from the pharmaceutical companies as well as collation of crimes knowingly having causal relationship with the pharmaceutical is valid. Yes, I know your masters want to make it all about gun control. I did not post anything offensive except to those who wish to disarm the nation. CENSORSHIP is ugly & disgusting.

sarum
sarum

CENSORSHIP is a disgusting thing.  My links to bona fide correlations between pharmaceuticals and incidents of violence based on evidence from the pharmaceutical companies as well as collation of crimes knowingly having causal relationship with the pharmaceutical is valid.  Yes, I know your masters want to make it all about gun control.  I did not post anything offensive except to those who wish to disarm the nation.  CENSORSHIP is ugly & disgusting.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

I wish someone could give me one good explanation as to why ANYONE who is not in law enforcement, military operations or national defense would need a Bushmaster semi-automatic capable of firing 60 rounds in a matter of seconds.

Someone please explain to me why this type of assault weapon can be leagally owned by normal, every day people.

lbabeu
lbabeu

Sheriff Paul is gearing up to be next with his volunteer "Babeu Army". Paul will not tell people their names. Who knows if they are allowed to have guns, but Paul will supply them to his volunteer army. When innocent women and children die, who is going to be responsible for them? Paul claims he is going after the cartel, but he is full of shit. The names of the volunteers need to be revealed. Secrets, secrets secrets is the game Paul has always played. The taxpayers have the right to know. For once, tell him to do his job as Sheriff, that he is not the border patrol. It is real sick that these volunteers, that are going to be armed with guns, no one is allowed to know who they are.

 Paul, just because they forced you out of the military, don't take it out innocent people. Your nameless volunteers will die too. Lucy Babeu

Rainbeau
Rainbeau

Guns don't kill people, people with guns kill people.

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

The one that didn't make the list was the massacre by neo-Nazi "baby killer" J.T. Ready, who shot his girlfriend and her family, including an infant, earlier this year. No doubt one of the deadliest for AZ in 2012.

alehound
alehound

well, those kids got their shots early.....

SmokinScotsman
SmokinScotsman

@JoeArpaioFan If you notice, with the exception of Loughner, all of these events took place at a location that typically do not allow weapons. So what that does is disarm law abiding citizens. Most of these also seem to have something to do with a mental illness. These types of crimes have deeper roots than the tools used to implement destruction. You have to take a test to operate a vehicle, maybe we should start requiring testing for purchase of firearms. Something else to think about though, legality does not stop Cocaine and Heroine users. Criminals will find a way, laws be damed.

anonymous
anonymous

@Rainbeau More accurately, people use guns for their intended purpose - to kill.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

@alehound - while the pun may be clever, that was NOT FUNNY.

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