June 12, 2016, 4:31 PM  |  News

The gunfire has stopped.

This Sunday the world awoke to discover that a lone gunman in Orlando, Florida savagely took the lives of at least 49 innocent people. Words can barely describe the cruelty, outrage, and sadness of this cowardly and despicable act.

As the finger pointing begins, and the pundits start to chatter, it is important that we remember the facts. North America has been awash in senseless violence for decades. There has been a steady parade of mass killings for years and little has been done to curb the violence. The debates have had no affect on policy and gun laws in America.

Change is promised. Then nothing.

The killings in Orlando were carried out with disgusting efficiency because America is awash in guns. Military-style firearms have no place in a civilized society. The blood of Orlando is on the hands of the National Rifle Association and the sycophant political leaders who endorse their policies.


Investigators from the office of the medical examiner investigate on the west side of Pulse nightclub. June 12, 2016 (Doug Clifford/The Tampa Bay Times)

The time for debate and words has ended. It is a time for action on gun laws in America.

Orlando was a hate crime of a man goaded to action by the curators of hate and violence. They handed him the tools and the rhetoric.

The following is a list compiled by Mother Jones magazine of deadly mass killings in the United States over the past five years.

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Feb. 25, 2016

Three killed, 14 wounded in Hesston, Kan.


Feb. 20, 2016

Six killed, two wounded in Kalamazoo County, Mich.


Dec. 2, 2015

14 killed, 21 wounded in San Bernardino.


Nov. 27, 2015

Three killed, nine wounded in Colorado Springs, Colo.


Oct. 21, 2015

Three killed in Colorado Springs, Colo.


Oct. 1, 2015

Nine killed, nine wounded in Roseburg, Ore.


July 16, 2015

Five killed, two wounded in Chattanooga, Tenn.


June 17, 2015

Nine killed, one wounded in Charleston, S.C.


June 11, 2015

Three killed, one wounded in Menasha, Wisc.


Oct. 24, 2014

Five killed, one wounded in Marysville, Wash.


May 23, 2014

Six killed, 13 wounded in Santa Barbara (some of the victims were stabbed).


April 3, 2014

Three killed, 12 wounded at Fort Hood, Texas.


Feb. 20, 2014

Four killed, two wounded in Alturas, Calif.


Sept. 16, 2013

12 killed, eight wounded in Washington, D.C.


July 26, 2013

Seven killed in Hialeah, Fla.


June 7, 2013

Six killed, three wounded in Santa Monica.


April 21, 2013

Five killed in Federal Way, Wash.


March 13, 2013

Five killed, two wounded in Herkimer County, N.Y.


Dec. 14, 2012

28 killed, two wounded in Newtown, Conn.


Sept. 27, 2012

Seven killed, one wounded in Minneapolis.


Aug. 5, 2012

Seven killed, three wounded in Oak Creek, Wisc.


July 20, 2012

12 killed, 58 wounded in Aurora, Colo.


May 20, 2012

Six killed, one wounded in Seattle.


April 2, 2012

Seven killed, three wounded in Oakland.


Feb. 22, 2012

Five killed in Norcross, Ga.


Oct. 14, 2011

Eight killed, one wounded in Seal Beach.


Sept. 6, 2011

Five killed, seven wounded in Carson City, Nev.


Jan. 8, 2011

Six killed, 13 wounded (including Giffords) in Tucson.

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