Although no one would have expected that the tragedy that occurred at Columbine High School was the last case of a mass shooting to occur in the United States. Nevertheless, the number of mass shootings that have occurred over the last decade are a disturbing sign that such tragedies to not work as a deterrent for similar acts of violence. Mass shootings are differentiated from other crimes by its definition as the killing of more than 4 people in a single day by an individual or groups of individuals. One of the most notable examples of a mass shooting after Columbine occurred at Virginia Tech University. In 2007, a young man described as an anxiety-ridden loner went on a rampage across the UT campus, killing 32 people and injuring others before commiting suicide.
One of the most recent examples of a mass shooting occurred on January 8, 2011, in an Arizona suburb where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was preparing to meet her constituents for an update on her agenda for the new years. Before Giffords had even begun, she was shot in the head at point blank range by a disgruntled young man, Jared Loughner. Although Giffords was not killed, Loughner’s shooting rampage ended in the deaths of 6 people including a 9-year old girl and a federal judge. Many experts are concerned about the increase in mass shootings like these, with some blaming the availability of gun ownership as the cause and others blaming the breakdown of the nation’s communities as the cause.