Back in 1949, retired U.S. Army veteran Howard Unruh unleashed a hail of bullets in his Camden, New Jersey neighborhood, claiming the lives of 13 people, including a 2-year-old baby and two more kids under the age of 10.
Since that tragic incident, the United States has witnessed a staggering total of 33 mass shootings that caused at least 10 fatalities (excluding the perpetrators). What’s particularly alarming is that half of these horrifying events occurred within the past decade.
Table: Mass Shootings with a Minimum of 10 Fatalities
Incident Year State Death Injury Las Vegas shooting 拉斯维加斯枪击事件 2017 Nevada内华达 Paradise 60 867 Orlando nightclub shooting 奥兰多夜总会枪击事件 2016 Florida佛罗里达 Orlando 49 58 Virginia Tech shooting 弗吉尼亚理工大学枪击事件 2007 Virginia弗吉尼亚 Blacksburg 32 23 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting 桑迪胡克小学枪击事件 2012 Connecticut康涅狄格 Newtown 27 2 Sutherland Springs church shooting 瑟瑟兰斯普林斯教堂枪击事件 2017 Texas德州 Sutherland Springs 26 22 Luby’s shooting 卢比枪击事件 1991 Texas德州 Killeen 23 27 El Paso Walmart shooting 埃尔帕索沃尔玛枪击事件 2019 Texas德州 El Paso 23 23 San Ysidro McDonald’s massacre 圣伊西德罗麦当劳大屠杀 1984 California加州 San Diego 22 19 Robb Elementary School shooting 罗布小学枪击事件 2022 Texas德州 Uvalde 21 18 University of Texas tower shooting 德克萨斯大学塔楼枪击事件 1966 Texas德州 Austin 17 31 Parkland high school shooting 帕克兰高中枪击事件 2018 Florida佛罗里达 Parkland 17 17 Lewiston shootings 卢伊斯顿枪击事件 2023 Maine缅因 Lewiston 22 50 Edmond post office shooting 埃德蒙邮局枪击事件 1986 Oklahoma俄克拉荷马 Edmond 14 6 Fort Hood shooting 胡德堡枪击事件 2009 Texas德州 Killeen 14 32 San Bernardino attack 圣贝纳迪诺袭击 2015 California加州 San Bernardino 14 24 Camden shootings 卡姆登枪击事件 1949 New Jersey新泽西 Camden 13 3 Wilkes-Barre shootings 威尔克斯-巴里枪击事件 1982 Pennsylvania宾州 Wilkes-Barre 13 1 Wah Mee massacre 华美大屠杀 1983 Washington华盛顿 Seattle 13 1 Columbine High School massacre 哥伦拜恩高中大屠杀 1999 Colorado科罗拉多 Columbine 13 24 Binghamton shooting 宾汉姆顿枪击事件 2009 New York纽约 Binghamton 13 4 Aurora theater shooting 奥罗拉电影院枪击事件 2012 Colorado科罗拉多 Aurora 12 70 Washington Navy Yard shooting 华盛顿海军造船厂枪击事件 2013 D.C.DC Washington 12 8 Thousand Oaks shooting 千橡枪击事件 2018 California加州 Thousand Oaks 12 16 Virginia Beach shooting 弗吉尼亚滩枪击事件 2019 Virginia弗吉尼亚 Virginia Beach 12 4 Easter Sunday Massacre 复活节星期天大屠杀 1975 Ohio俄亥俄 Hamilton 11 0 Jacksonville shooting 杰克逊维尔枪击事件 1990 Florida佛罗里达 Jacksonville 11 6 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting 匹兹堡犹太教堂枪击事件 2018 Pennsylvania宾州 Pittsburgh 11 6 Monterey Park shooting 蒙特利帕克枪击事件 2023 California加州 Monterey Park 11 9 Palm Sunday massacre 棕榈星期天大屠杀 1984 New York纽约 Brooklyn 10 0 Geneva County shootings 杰内瓦县枪击事件 2009 Alabama阿拉巴马 Geneva County 10 6 Santa Fe High School shooting 圣菲高中枪击事件 2018 Texas德州 Santa Fe 10 13 Boulder shooting 博尔德枪击事件 2021 Colorado科罗拉多 Boulder 10 1 Buffalo supermarket shooting 布法罗超市枪击事件 2022 New York纽约 Buffalo 10 3
Among these 33 horrifying crimes, Texas saw 7, California 4, while Florida, Colorado, and New York each experienced 3.
However, the most devastating incident unfolded in Las Vegas, Nevada, when a 64-year-old Stephen Paddock unleashed a barrage of gunfire upon a crowd attending a music festival from his 32nd-floor hotel suite. This horrifying act claimed the lives of 60 individuals, with over 800 others sustaining injuries.
The Gun Violence Archive maintains a broader record of mass shootings, documenting over 560 incidents from January to October 2023 alone. This translates to an astonishing average of approximately 1.9 mass shootings per day.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled data on Firearm Mortality by State, spanning from 2005 to 2021, the latest available year. During this period, gun-related deaths steadily increased each year, rising from 30,540 in 2005 to a staggering 48,645 in 2021—an alarming 59% surge.
For the year 2021, the most recent data available, Texas recorded 4,614 deaths caused by firearms, followed by California with 3,576 and Florida with 3,142. Georgia ranked fourth with 2,200 deaths, and Illinois came in fifth with 1,995.
However, when assessing the severity of this issue based on gun-related death rates, none of these states make it into the top 10 list.
Mississippi claims the highest gun-related death rate, with 962 deaths in 2021, despite having a population of roughly 2.9 million. This translates to a staggering 33.9 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people. Following closely behind are Louisiana at 29.1, New Mexico at 27.8, Alabama at 26.4, and Wyoming at 26.1.
Table: Gun-Related Deaths and Death Rates in 2021
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