In the last twenty years, there have been numerous mass shootings worldwide.
– July 22, 2011: Anders Behring Breivik kills 77 in Norway at a youth camp
outside the capital. The self-styled anti-Muslim militant admitted both
– April 16, 2007: Seung-Hui Cho, 23, kills 32 people and himself on Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va.
– April 28, 1996:
Martin Bryant, 29, kills 35 people in the Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania, Australia.
– April 26, 2002: Robert Steinhaeuser, 19, who had been expelled
from school in Erfurt, Germany, kills 13 teachers, two former classmates
and policeman, before committing suicide.
This killing happened in a country where guns are strictly controlled, in a school where victims are guaranteed to be defenseless.
– Nov. 5, 2009: Thirteen soldiers and civilians
were killed and more than two dozen wounded when a gunman walked into
the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood, Texas, and opened
fire. Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of
premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.
The incident happened on a military base, where in a seeming paradox, soldiers are disarmed and defenseless.
March 13, 1996: Thomas Hamilton, 43, kills 16 kindergarten children and
their teacher in elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, and then
Defenseless victims in a school.
– July 20, 2012: At least 12 people are killed and 58 are
injured when a gunman enters an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, releases a
canister of gas and then opens fire during opening night of the Batman
movie “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Cinemark theaters are posted as off limits to concealed carriers.
– April 20, 1999: Students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold,
17, opened fire at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., killing 12
classmates and a teacher and wounding 26 others before killing
themselves in the school’s library.
Another defenseless school where the teachers and students are disarmed by the law.
– June 18, 1990: James Edward Pough
shoots people at random in a General Motors Acceptance Corp. office in
Jacksonville, Fla., killing 10 and wounding four, before killing
GMAC has a “no weapons in the workplace policy” that ensures that the victims would be unarmed.
– Sept. 23, 2008: Matti
Saari, 22, walks into a vocational college in Kauhajoki, Finland, and
opens fire, killing 10 people and burning their bodies with firebombs
before shooting himself fatally in the head.
Why don’t we hear about mass killings where guns are not off limits? Is it the criminals picking places where killing is easy? Or have their attempted killing sprees been thwarted by an intended victim who was armed? Mass killings make national headlines, but a wanna be mass killer who gets his ticket to Valhalla punched by a person who is legally carrying a weapon don’t. That is why I carry.