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Mass shootings in the U.S.: shooters by gender, as of February 2020

Since 1982, an astonishing 113 mass shootings have been carried out in the United States by male shooters. In contrast, only three mass shootings (defined by the source as a single attack in a public place in which four or more victims were killed) have been carried out by women.

Gun ownership in the U.S.

Possession of firearms in the United States is protected by the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution and has been a defining aspect of American civil liberties since the writing of the Bill of Rights. It is estimated that the United States has the highest rate of civilian-owned firearms in the world, and Americans continually poll against handgun restrictions.

Mass shootings

However, with high gun ownership comes high responsibility. The United States consistently faces numerous mass shootings each year, particularly in schools. The five deadliest mass shootings have all occurred since 2007, with the deadliest being the Las Vegas Strip massacre in 2017, which claimed the lives of 58 people and injured 546 more.

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and February 2020, by shooter's gender

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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

1982 to February 26, 2020

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