There've Been 12 Mass Shootings Between Lafayette and Aurora — This Is What Came Next

Source: AP
Source: AP

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, 59-year-old John Russell Houser opened fire during a viewing of Trainwreck in a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater, killing three people (including himself) and injuring nine more. Mother Jones estimates this is the 12th mass shooting since the deadly theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20, 2012, which left 12 people dead and almost 60 injured. 

Some of the most devastating attacks have included the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which left 27 dead, many of whom were young children; the Washington Navy Yard shooting, which had 12 casualties; and the shooting at University of California, Santa Barbara, which had six casualties.

After nearly every one of these tragedies, people have been galvanized into action to lobby for tighter gun control. Perhaps the most emphatic national response came after Sandy Hook.

The national outcry over gun control in the aftermath of these successive tragedies — and the lack of legislative action in response — demonstrates, in part, the power of gun lobbyists, in particular the National Rifle Association. "The National Rifle Association outspent supporters of new gun controls [expanding background checks] by hundreds of thousands of dollars as the Senate considered and ultimately rejected legislation," wrote the Hill in April 2013.

Using an aggregate of data sets, the Guardian noted Americans comprise around 35% to 50% of civilian gun ownership across the world — and the U.S. has just under 5% of the global population. The United States also has one of the highest rates of gun violence in the developed world.

Here is an account of what was lost, and what was achieved, after each of these incidents. The following incidents do not include perpetrators.

1. Sikh Temple, Oak Creek, Wisconsin: Aug. 5, 2012. 

Dead: 6, injured: 3. Number of gun control bills passed: 0.

2. Accent Signage Systems, Minneapolis, Minnesota: Sept. 27, 2012. 

Dead: 6, injured: 1. Number of gun control bills passed: 0.

3. Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut: Dec. 14, 2012. 

Dead: 27, injured: 2. Number of gun control bills passed: 0.

4. Mohawk Valley, Herkimer County, New York: March 13, 2013. 

Source: Mike Groll/AP

Dead: 4, injured: 2. Number of gun control bills passed: 0.

5. Pinewood Village Apartments, Federal Way, Washington: April 21, 2013. 

Dead: 4, injured: 0. Number of bills passed: 0.

6. Santa Monica, California: June 6, 2013.

Dead: 5, injured: 3. Number of bills passed: 0.

7. Todel Apartments, Hialeah, Florida: July 26, 2013.

Dead: 6, injured: 0. Number of bills passed: 0.

8. Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., Sept. 16, 2013.

Dead: 12, injured: 8. Number of bills passed: 0.

9. Alturas Tribal Shooting, Alturas, California: Feb. 20, 2014.

Dead: 4, injured: 2. Number of bills passed: 0.

10. Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Marysville, Washington: Oct. 24, 2014. 

Dead: 4, injured: 1. Number of bills passed: 0.

11.  Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, South Carolina: June 17, 2015. 

Dead: 9, injured: 1. Number of bills passed: 0.

12. Chattanooga Military Recruitment Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee: July 16, 2015.

Dead: 5, injured: 2. Number of bills passed: 0.

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Natasha Noman

Natasha is a News Staff Writer covering global affairs. She previously reported on regional affairs from Pakistan. Natasha is based in New York and can be reached at natasha@mic.com.

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