Rise Of Mass Shootings

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The rise of Mass shootings in the U.S. In the last 52 years there has been 150 mass shootings in the U.S. In the 50 years before that, their were just 25. In those 52 years 1,077 people were killed. In the year 2017 alone, 112 people were killed. The rise of mass shootings is no longer going unnoticed and many people are fighting for change. This first Major Mass Shooting took place in Austin, Texas on August 1st, 1966. An architectural engineering student named Charles Whitman, took the elevator up to the 27th floor observation deck in the clock tower at the University of Texas. He then proceeded to kill 13 people and wound 31. This introduced America to the Mass shooting. On July 18th, 1984 James Huberty shot up a McDonalds in San…show more content…
At the time this was the deadliest highschool massacre. It sparked huge debates over the safety of schools, gun violence, as well as blaming violent video games. On April 16th, 2007 Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people at Virginia Tech. The aftermath of the shooting consisted of huge settlements, lawsuits, and fines paid by virginia tech until 2014. On December 14th, 2012 Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Grade school. He gunned down 20 children and 6 Adults. Adam Lanza had various mental health issues at this time. In Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1st, 2017 Stephen Paddock massacred 58 people and wounding 851 people from his Mandalay Bay Resort Suite. He shot 1100 bullets from the 32nd floor by the end of the shooting. These are some of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history and have changed how people view guns, mental health,…show more content…
Cho was a 23 year old senior studying english at Virginia Tech. Cho arrived in America from South Korea in 1992. He grew up in Centreville, Virginia and graduated highschool in 2003. He then attended Virginia Tech and was described as being a loner. Before the shooting he was removed from class multiple times and Nikki Giovanni said that he was a bully. He was also encouraged to get counselling by Lucinda Roy, the co-director of the schools writing program. In 2005 he was accused of stalking female students but charges were never filed. Sometime between seven and eight A.M. Cho shot and killed two students in a dormitory. Between the two separate shootings Cho mailed a package to NBC News. Around 9:45 A.M. Cho entered the engineering building and began shooting. He chained and locked a majority of the exits of the building before going classroom to classroom shooting innocent people. By the time police had entered the building the shooting stopped. After killing 30 people in the span of around 10 minutes Cho killed himself. At 4:30 that day the University announced that including Cho, 33 people had died. The Virginia Tech shooting was then the deadliest school shooting and still is almost 11 years later. On April 18th, two days following the shooting, a package from Cho was sent to NBC News. The package contained photos of Cho and his weapons aswell as video clips of him ranting. He

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