I believe that there are a larger number of mass shootings in schools and colleges due to the people wanting to copycat what they see on television. These people see that the shooters are becoming famous because people now see the shooter’s face and name on the television many times.
People think that they will be famous and want their fifteen minutes of fame without realizing that they are really going to prison for a long time or they will get the death penalty. Also, I do think that there were many shootings and violence at school in the past, but I think that it was not publicized like it is today. It would not have made national news or have received as much attention as it does today. So, it seems that there are more shootings today.
Adam Lanza had killed his mother before perpetrating the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting.There are many reasons for his actions but according to his autopsy, the deterioration of his mental health coupled with anorexia and an atypical preoccupation with violence were the primary reasons.
Lanza was suffering from Asperger's syndrome and OCD. He was also a patient of anxiety, hence lonely and isolated. His mother had plans for him to move out of Sandy Hook and buy him an RV. According to the psychiatrist, this must have caused him to go violent and his inability to control his actions added to the deadly presence of a semi-automatic gun caused the entire problem. He targeted Sandy Hook because he was a past student there and hence knew the place. The cause of Lanza committing suicide is still up or debate.
There is no standard for when a mass shooting is considered an act of terrorism. When people in the media or government start calling an event an act of terrorism, it generally becomes accepted as such.
Typically, government officials will call something an act of terrorism if there are political motives behind the event. An act of terrorism is meant to scare government officials into taking action on a certain issue.
I do not believe that teachers should be armed to avert school shootings. If teachers are armed, this presents an opportunity for disturbed students to access the guns when a teacher is caught off-guard. It also presents an opportunity for teachers themselves to engage in a shooting if they are disturbed.
Also, teachers are not trained to respond to an active shooter and cannot be relied upon to accurately target an active shooter.
There is no one accepted definition of a mass shooting, however there do not need to be any casualties for an event to be considered a mass shooting. Some people define a mass shooting as an event in which multiple people are injured from firearms.
Other people define it as an event in which there was a public intentional shooting, regardless of whether or not people were killed or injured. Most people agree that any public intentional shooting in which more than one person is injured is considered a mass shooting. That could be as little as two people injured.
I am going to assume this question means how do mass shootins in the Unitrd States differ from mass shootings in other countries. Every mass shooting is different so it would be hard to make generalizations about mass shootings in one country compared to another.
Mass shootings in the United States are more common than in other countries however. The United States may have more mass shootings because firearms legislation is more lax than in other countries, making guns widely available in the U.S.
It is difficult to say what is driving the mass shootings in the United States because there are rules about how gun violence is studied. Without adequate statistics or studies we can only guess about what is causing gun violence.
It is true that there are more guns per capita in the United States compared to other countries, and there are less restrictive guns laws in the United States. Every country has mental illness but not every country allows mentally ill people to access guns, especially assault rifles.
Teenagers older than 18 can purchase an automatic rifle like an AR-15. Teenagers younger than 18 often obtain automatic rifles illegaly. They may obtain the rifle by taking it from a parent, family member or friend. They may also steal the weapon from someone they do not know.
Another way they obtain automatic rifles are through black market, illegal deals. Some people sell automatic rifles illegally to teenagers through these illegal markets.
The deadliest school shooting in United States history happened at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007. The shooter killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech college campus before he turned the gun on himself.
Other deadly school shootings in the United States include the shooting in Parkland, Florida in 2018, the killing spree at Columbine High School in Colorado, and the mass shooting of young children in Newtown, Connecticut.
The gun culture in the United States definitely plays a part in the recent shootings. These shootings however, are not unprecedented. Mass shootings have been happening in the United States for decades. They are receiving more attention now because they are becoming more deadly now that more people have access to more deadly weapons.
Mental illness will always exist, but when you combine mental illness to widespread access to deadly weapons, that is the recipe for disaster.