Columbine High School massacre
Columbine High School massacre
Location Columbine, Colorado, U.S.
Date April 20, 1999
11:19 am – 12:08 pm (UTC-6)
Target Students and faculty at Columbine High School
Attack type School shooting, mass murder, massacre, murder–suicide, fire, suicide attack, shootout, attempted bombing, late car explosion
Weapon(s) Intratec TEC-DC9, Hi-Point 995 Carbine, Savage 67H pump-action shotgun, Stevens 311D double barreled sawed-off shotgun, 99 explosives, 4 knives
Deaths 15 (including both perpetrators)
Injured (non-fatal) 21
Perpetrators Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold
The Columbine High School massacre was a school shooting which occurred on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, an unincorporated area of Jefferson County in the State of Colorado. In addition to shootings, the complex and highly planned attack involved a fire bomb to divert firefighters, propane tanks converted to bombs placed in the cafeteria, 99 explosive devices, and bombs rigged in cars. Two senior students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, murdered a total of 12 students and one teacher. They injured 21 additional students, with three other people being injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair then committed suicide.
Although their motives remain unclear, the personal journals of the perpetrators document that they wished their actions to rival the Oklahoma City bombing. The attack has been referred to by USA Today as a “suicidal attack [which was] planned as a grand – if badly implemented – terrorist bombing.” The Columbine High School massacre is the deadliest mass murder committed on an American high school campus, and is noted as one of the first and most serious of a series of high profile spree shootings which have since occurred.
The massacre sparked debate over gun control laws, the availability of firearms within the United States and gun violence involving youths. Much discussion also centered on the nature of high school cliques, subcultures and bullying, in addition to the influence of violent movies and video games in American society. The shooting resulted in an increased emphasis on school security, and a moral panic aimed at goth culture, social outcasts, gun culture, the use of pharmaceutical anti-depressants by teenagers, teenage Internet use and violent video games.
2012 Aurora shooting
Century 16 at Town Center at Aurora
Bottom left: Map of Colorado with Aurora marked
Top: Map of central Aurora
Bottom right: Town Center at Aurora and the location of the Century 16 multiplex
Location 14300 E. Alameda Avenue,
Aurora, Colorado, U.S.
Coordinates 39.7059°N 104.8206°W
Date July 20, 2012
12:38 am – 12:45 am (MDT)
Attack type Mass shooting
Tear gas grenade
Smith & Wesson M&P15 rifle
Remington 870 Express Tactical shotgun
Two Glock 22 handguns
Injured (non-fatal) 58
Suspected perpetrator James Eagan Holmes (in custody)
On July 20, 2012, a mass shooting occurred inside of a Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight screening of the film The Dark Knight Rises. A gunman, dressed in tactical clothing, set off tear gas grenades and shot into the audience with multiple firearms, killing 12 people and injuring 58 others. The sole suspect is James Eagan Holmes, who was arrested outside the cinema minutes later.
Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting
Police arrive in front of the elementary school after the shooting.
Location Sandy Hook, Connecticut, United States
Coordinates 41°25′12″N 73°16′43″W
Date December 14, 2012
c. 9:35 am – c. 9:40 am (EST)
Target Students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School
Attack type School shooting, murder–suicide, matricide, spree shooting
Deaths 28 total; 27 at the school (including perpetrator) and perpetrator’s mother (at home)
Injured (non-fatal) 2
Perpetrator Adam Peter Lanza
On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members in a mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the village of Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut. Before driving to the school, Lanza had shot and killed his mother Nancy at their Newtown home. As first responders arrived, he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
The incident is the second deadliest mass shooting by a single person in American history, after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. It is the second deadliest mass murder at an American elementary school, after the 1927 Bath School bombings in Michigan.
The shootings prompted renewed debate about gun control in the United States, and a proposal for new legislation banning the sale and manufacture of certain types of semi-automatic firearms and magazines with more than ten rounds of ammunition.
Can we really blame movies music and video games for these very tragic events. I was a child if the 80s and a teenager of the 90s it is during my generation when this outbreak of violent movies and video games occurred it is also during my generation when the genre of music known as gangster rap bursted on to the scene, although all of this things are filled with very questionable content I don’t really know if it should be blamed for everything because I believe that the individuals responsible for the heinous act were already mentally and psychologically poisoned before any forms of entertainment came into play. How do you blame Hollywood for the acts of evil doers I don’t defend Hollywood I just believe there are much more deeper elements that go on inside the minds of these psychos. Just think about it Charles Manson, Stanley(Tookie)Williams, Jim Jones, Jeffrey Dahmer and Marcus Wesson didn’t have mainstream or pop culture influencing there actions and just look what happen. The danger in our society is that young Caucasian children are allowed to get away with murder both figuratively and literally while young black people get the death penalty just for being black. The problem in our society is much more deeper than movies music and games, I mean think about this when I was a teenager the two biggest games on the market were Domb on pc and mortal kombat on sega geniuses my friends and I spent hours playing these games and we did not turn out to be murderers just look at it I have five published books my own non profit organization for the physically disabled and now I’m here blogging with you guys and my best friend the guy that played all the games for me is in Med School. I’m not trying to brag I’m just trying to say that you can not manufacture a killer just by watching some and playing some games. The guys who kill have to already be twisted mentally beyond what we see on the outside.