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- Last Updated: Monday, 03 August 2015 17:21
- Published: Monday, 03 August 2015 17:15
- Written by Stanford Geospatial Center
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In December 2012, a gunman killed 20 children, six adults, and himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The event caught the entire country's attention; we grappled with how violence on such a scale could come about and how to prevent such things from happening in the future. At least 235 people have died in other mass shootings since then, reminding us that these problems are far from over.
That figure is according to a mass shootings database by Stanford Geospatial Center, updated by Vox. The database goes back to 1966 and includes descriptions of many of the incidents. Below, we've extracted its 75 mass shootings after Sandy Hook, up to and including yesterday's shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Note: The Stanford Geospatial Center's database is a continuing project, sourced from news reports and government documents. The center's definition of a mass shooting incident is one that "involves an active shooter who shot 3 or more people in a single event."