MEDFORD, Ore. — According to ABC News, there have been 15 mass shootings with at least 84 people killed, before the Connecticut shooting. An emotional President Obama vowed on Friday to find a way to prevent these all to common tragedies.
“We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics,” the President said.
Recent memory of these type of events usually start with a word now synonymous with school shootings: Columbine, where on April 20th, 1999, two teens killed 13 people before taking their own lives.
Jumping to October 2, 2006 when a gunman killed 5 girls at an Amish school shooting in Pennsylvania before turning the gun on himself. Again the country mourned April 16 2007, for Virginia Tech which lost 32 students and staff before the shooters’ suicide.
Nearly two years ago, January 8 2011, a shooting spree at a Safeway store in Tucson killed 6. August 5, 2012, police killed the shooter who took the lives of 6 worshipers at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, then terror struck at a Colorado movie theater July 20, 2012 where 12 died.
Tuesday’s shooting at the Clackamas Town Center left two dead before Jacob Roberts killed himself. Just 72 hours later, again we mourn for 20 children, 7 adults killed in Connecticut.
In the 61 mass murders carried out since 1982, all but one of the 43 shooters were male. Most were white and the average of the primary shooter was 35.