mass shootings getting deadlier
The mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night was the worst in modern U.S. history. If it seems as though we only just experienced another deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, it's because we did. About 16 months ago, Omar Mateen killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub. Before that, the record was held by the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007, in which 32 people were killed. From 1949 to 1991, the increase in the number of deaths was nine. The shooting at Virginia Tech was more than double that in Camden, N.J., in 1949. Other shootings:
1949, Camden, N.J. 13 killed. Howard Unruh, a World War II veteran, walks the streets of Camden killing random people.
1966, Austin, Texas 18 killed. Charles Whitman fires from a tower on the University of Texas campus.
1982, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 13 killed. George Banks kills five of his children and eight other people.
1984, San Ysidro, Calif. 21 killed. James Huberty enters a McDonald's and begins shooting.
1986, Edmond, Okla. 14 killed. Postal worker Patrick Sherrill kills 14 people at his workplace.
1990, Jacksonville, Fla. 10 killed. James Pough kills eight people after his car is repossessed. He'd killed two others earlier.
1991, Killeen, Texas 23 killed. George Hennard drives his truck into a cafeteria and then opens fire.
1999, Littleton, Colo. 13 killed. The shooting at Columbine High School was the deadliest school shooting to that date.
1999, Atlanta 12 killed. Mark Barton kills nine people at brokerage firms in Atlanta after having killed three relatives.
2005, Red Lake, Minn. 9 killed. Jeffrey Weise kills relatives and then students at a high school.
2007, Blacksburg, Va. 32 killed. Until 2016, the massacre by Seung-Hui Cho at Virginia Tech was the deadliest in U.S. history.
2009, Fort Hood, Texas 13 killed. Nidal Hasan kills 13 people at Fort Hood.
2009, Binghamton, N.Y. 13 killed. Jiverly Wong kills 13 people at an immigrant services center in New York.
2009, Geneva County, Ala. 10 killed. Michael McClendon kills 10 people, including a baby, in rural Alabama.
2012, Newtown, Conn. 27 killed. Adam Lanza's spree at Sandy Hook Elementary included the slayings of 20 children.
2012, Aurora, Colo. 12 killed. James Holmes kills a dozen people during a late-night movie screening.
2013, Washington, D.C. 12 killed. Aaron Alexis kills a dozen people with a shotgun.
2015, San Bernardino, Calif. 14 killed. Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire at a holiday party.
2015, Roseburg, Ore. 9 killed. Chris Mercer kills nine in a shooting at a community college in Oregon.
2015, Charleston, S.C. 9 killed. Dylann Roof attends a prayer meeting at a church in Charleston before opening fire.
2016, Orlando 49 killed. Omar Mateen murders dozens at Pulse nightclub in Orlando after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
2017, Las Vegas At least 59 killed. Stephen Paddock shoots at a concert crowd from a hotel room on the Las Vegas Strip.