School shootings in the U.S. by victim count, as of December 2019

The deadliest school shooting in the United States was the Virginia Tech massacre, with 33 fatalities and 23 injuries. The next deadliest school shooting (based on fatalities) was the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, with 27 fatalities.

School shootings in the U.S.

Mass shootings in the United States have become a disturbingly common occurrence, and sadly, so have school shootings. The Columbine school shooting is perhaps the most famous in the country’s history, and since 1999 (when the shooting occurred), the number of school shootings has only increased. Many measures have been used to try to prevent school shootings, including security guards and metal detectors being deployed in schools, and even the suggestion that teachers be allowed to carry guns in schools.

Gun control

Gun control in the United States is a sticky issue, since gun ownership is enshrined in the Constitution. Some advocate for stricter gun control laws to try to prevent future mass shootings, while others say that this is unconstitutional. Gun ownership rates in the U.S. are high, and about one in five people carry a gun on them on a daily basis.

Number of victims of school shootings in the United States between 1982 and December 2019

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Release date

December 2019


United States

Survey time period

1982 to December 11, 2019

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