At around 2 am on Sunday, 50 people were gunned down and 53 others wounded at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in what has been called as the deadliest case of gun violence in the United States.
Incidents of gun attacks have been recurring at an alarming rate in the United States. Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit organisation reported that in 2016, 136 cases of mass shootings took place in the country.
In recent times, atrocities resulting from gun attacks have led to the debate over gun ownership gaining huge political currency.
Below is a list of some of the major cases of gun attacks, in recent years, in the US.
San Bernardino, California (December 2015)
Syed Rizwaan Farook, along with his wife, opened fire at a Christmas party inside the San Bernardino Public Health Department. The incident had left 14 people dead and 21 others wounded. The motive behind the attack, according to the FBI, was home-grown radicalism and the Farooks allegiance to the Islamic State.
Umpqua College, Oregon (October 2015)
A community college in South Oregon was attacked by a 26-year-old man, identified as Chris Harper Mercer. Ten people lost their lives and seven others were wounded in what was the worst case of gun violence in the history of Oregon.
Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, South Carolina (June 2015)
Nine people died in a shoot out at a Black church in Charleston, South Carolina. The perpetrator was identified as 21-year-old Dylann Roof. Authorities suspect Roof as a white supremacist and the attack had been treated as a case of ‘hate crime’.
Isla Vista, California (May 2014)
Twenty-two-year-old Elliot Roger killed six people and wounded fourteen others near the campus of University of California. The accused had spent a full year meticulously planning his attack and training himself with ammunitions.
Fort Hood near Killeen, Texas (April 2014)
In the course of thirty-five rounds of shooting, a soldier killed three people and injured sixteen others. Following the attack, the accused shot himself down.
Washington Navy Yard, Washington DC (September 2013)
In a case of mass shooting at the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command inside the Washington Navy Yard, twelve people were killed and three others were injured. The attack was carried out by Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old military contractor from Texas. The accused had been arrested on several occasions previously on grounds of disorderly conduct.
Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut ( December, 2012)
Twenty-year-old Adam Lanza forced himself inside an elementary school and opened fire on a group of kindergartners and first graders. The shootout had left twenty children and six adults dead. Reportedly, the accused had also killed his mother before leaving for that school.
Century 16 Movie Theatre, Aurora, Colorado (July 2012)
Twelve people were killed and fifty eight were injured in a shootout inside a theatre at Aurora, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes was identified as the accused. Holmes had reportedly bought 6,000 rounds of ammunition over the Internet and had purchased four guns from local gun shops.
Fort Hood, Texas (November 2009)
A US army officer went on a shooting rampage, killing thirteen and leaving thirty wounded. Following the attack, authorities had found out that over the years repeated concerns had been raised over the accused’s radical behaviour centered around Islamic extremism. The assault had been regarded as the worst attack at a US military installation.
Virginia Tech (April 2007)
Thirty people were killed and seventeen injured in an attack inside a dormitory and an academic building in Virginia Tech over the course of two hours. The attacker was a 23-year-old Virginia Tech senior, who shot himself following the massacre.