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Mass Shootings: The Rise Of An Epidemic

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"I'm angry someone would do this to us. There are lives ruined, families ruined, and our whole school year is ruined" (Brackely 1). Casey Brackely, once a student that attended Columbine High School, remembers the tragedy of the horrific Columbine shooting that killed and injured many students. Mass shootings in the United States have been on the rise since the 1980’s, especially in the last decade. These shooters motives and profiles are almost all terrifyingly alike. Many of these shooters try to imitate and parallel the tragic shooting of the Columbine High School in 1999. These shootings have made peaceful organizations, such as an elementary school; become a place of violence and death. Currently, in the United States, an epidemic of mass shootings at schools, spearheaded by the incidents at Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook, have spawned a wave of copycat shooters that threaten the security and safety of many students.
Recently, in the United States, there has been a trend towards violence causing an escalation of mass shootings. Since the 1980’s, shootings have spiked causing much grief to many American families (Mass Shootings in the U.S.). Before the last 3 decades, there was an estimated 2-4 mass shootings in a decade, yet in the past three decades, there have been 62 mass shootings (A Guide to Mass Shootings). The rise in violence is terrifying and quite shocking. Though there has been a decrease in spontaneous shootings, there are many more pre-meditated mass killings. The Columbine High School shooting seemed to be the tipping point of school shootings. According to a survey done by the Washington Post, there have been 24 mass shootings in the past 7 years (Mass Shootings More Common?) Also, according to Jones, 6 of the 12 most deadly shootings have happened since 2007 with 6 mass shootings in 2012 which is the most mass shootings in a year (A Guide to Mass Shootings). Most of the recent shootings seem to be contagious as their shooters’ plans and motives are almost all quite alike. These shooters have set a “stereotypical shooter” profile. They are typically male, white, and around the age of 20. Of all the mass shootings, only one was done by a woman (Mass Shootings in the U.S.). They are usually quite smart, part of a middle class family, and are normally quiet, lonely, and introverted. They are almost always socially awkward and have few-no friends. Yet, no one expects them to kill others as they are quiet. These shooters keep everything to themselves which may be one of the reasons why they are full of hatred. Often, they consider suicide, yet they refuse to talk to any sort of counselor. They are almost always constantly on a computer, frequently playing violent video games. Their shooting plan is almost always pre-meditated far in advance. They plan to make their shooting “great” and to ‘gain fame’ for their mass shooting. After the shooting, most commonly, they kill themselves.
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