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A predilection for violence: Looking at the worst mass shootings in the US

The love Americans have for their guns comes from the Second Amendment of their Constitution.

world Updated: Oct 02, 2017 17:03 IST
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People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gunfire was hear on October 1, 2017.
People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gunfire was hear on October 1, 2017.(AFP)

The US is infamous for its love of guns, and that often gets translated to mass shootings. More often than not, the shooter uses weapons that he (the perpetrator is usually a male) bought legally.

The love Americans have for their guns comes from the Second Amendment of their Constitution, which reads: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Gun advocates, such as the National Rifle Association, use this to promote the sale of weapons and have fiercely resisted all attempts to remove this amendment.

A mass shooting is when three or more people are shot.

On Sunday, more than 50 people were killed and 200 wounded when a gunman opened fire on a concert in Las Vegas, making it the deadliest mass shooting in US history. Here are some of the most famous such incidents in the country.

June 12, 2016

Omar Saddiqui Mateen, who pledged himself to Islamic State, opened fire inside a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and took hostages before he was gunned down by police, A total of 49 people were killed.

April 16, 2007

Student Seung-Hui Cho went on a shooting spree in two locations at Virginia Tech, killing 32 people before committing suicide.

December 14, 2012

Adam Lanza, 20, gunned down children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut, and killed 27 people before turning the gun on himself.

October 16, 1991

George Hennard crashed his pickup truck through the wall of a cafeteria in Texas. He then opened fire, killing 23 people, before committing suicide.

July 18, 1984

James Huberty opened fire at a McDonald’s in California, killing 21 people, before being killed by a police sharpshooter.

The worst mass shooting in the world took place on July 22, 2011, when right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik set off a car bomb in Oslo, Norway. Hours later, he opened fire at a summer camp, killing a total of 77 people.