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A history of violence: 10 dead in a US college shooting is not an aberration

294 shootings in 267 days…

2015_10_03_Journal_Homicide Source: Statista/TheJournal.ie

TEN PEOPLE WERE killed on Thursday in a shooting at a US community college in Roseburg, Oregon.

But the shooting was not an aberration, nor is it expected, in isolation, to create any meaningful change.

In fact, there have been 294 incidents where someone has been wounded in a shooting at least since New Year’s Day in the States. Today is the 276th day of the year.

Here is a timeline of just some of the worst mass shootings in the United States over the past 10 years:

Red Lake, Minnesota, March 21, 2005:

SCHOOL SHOOTING A flag-bearer gathers with several hundred people for a traditional American Indian prayer service on the steps of the State Capitol in St. Paul following the Red Lake shooting. Source: AP/Press Association Images

A teenage boy kills two people at his grandfather’s home on an Indian reservation and then goes to his local high school where he kills seven others before taking his own life.

Blacksburg, Virginia, April 16, 2007:

Virginia Tech Shooting Source: AP/Press Association Images

A student goes on a rampage at Virginia Tech University, killing 32 people before killing himself.

Covina, California, December 24, 2008:

Santa Shooting Source: AP/Press Association Images

A man dressed in a Santa Claus suit opens fire at a family party and then sets fire to the house. Nine people are killed. The gunman takes his own life.

Fort Hood, Texas, November 5, 2009:

Fort Hood Shooting Source: AP/Press Association Images

US army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan opens fire at his military base, killing 13 people and wounding 42, before being overcome by police.

Oikos, California, April 2, 2012:

Religious School Shooting Source: AP/Press Association Images

A male nursing student methodically kills seven people at a Christian university.

Aurora, Colorado, July 20, 2012:

Colorado Shooting Source: AP/Press Association Images

A man kills 12 people when he opens fire at a movie theater showing a late-night premiere of a Batman film in a suburb of Denver.

Oak Creek, Wisconsin, August 5, 2012:

Sikh Temple-Shooting Source: AP/Press Association Images

A white supremacist and US army veteran fatally shoots six people and wounds four others at a Sikh temple before taking his own life.

Newtown, Connecticut, December 14 2012:

Connecticut School Shootings Source: AP/Press Association Images

A young man kills 26 people, including 20 children at Sandy Hook elementary school. He also fatally shoots his mother. He takes his own life.

Washington, DC, September 16, 2013:

Navy Yard Shooting Source: AP/Press Association Images

A gunman fatally shoots 12 people at a naval base in the US capital. The gunman is killed by police.

Charleston, South Carolina, June 17, 2015:

Charleston Shooting Source: AP/Press Association Images

A white gunman kills nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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