University Shooting in Prague leaves 14 Murdered and Dozens Injured, what is rare about this case is that it is getting substantial news coverage

Dec 21, 2023 | Mass Public Shootings

At least 14 people were killed and dozens more were injured in a mass shooting Thursday afternoon at a university in central Prague, Czech authorities said.

The shooter was a student at the school, Charles University, according to a spokesman from the Czech Ministry of the Interior. The police said there was no indication the shooter, who has not been named, had accomplices or was connected to a terrorist organization. 

Police also suspect the shooter of killing his father about two hours before he traveled to Charles University, the spokesman said. The police identified the man’s son as a suspect in his death and determined he had a class at 2 p.m. . . .

Officers responded and police found the shooter dead at 3:20 p.m., the spokesman said. It couldn’t be immediately determined if he died from a self-inflicted wound or police gunfire. . . .

Gareth Vipers and Ginger Adams Otis, “Shooting at Prague University Leaves at Least 14 Dead, Dozens Injured,” Wall Street Journal, December 21, 2023.

So much for the claim that mass public “shootings are a uniquely American phenomenon.” Our point here is nothing new, as we have been making this point for years. Here is the data for the US compared to the rest of the world. Here is the data broken down country by country.

Look at this on a per capita rate. The Czech Republic had 10.5 million people in 2023, and the United States had 340 million, 32.4 times more. In the United States since 2000, there have been eight K-12 school and three universities (and one of those occurred at a cafe near the University of Washington). If you adjust for population, the Czech Republic would have had the equivalent of over 32 attacks.

The Czech Republic has had three mass public shootings since 2015 (Uherský Brod shooting (eight murdered), Ostrava hospital shooting (six murdered), and the Charles University Shooting), while the US has had 49 shootings. Three times 32.4 would imply that the Czech Republic adjusted for population would have had 97 attacks, which is more than the 93 that the US has had since 2000.

United States School Shootings

Year MonthDayStateCityAttacker NameLocationSummary
1998324ArkansasJonesboroMitchell Scott Johnson; Andrew Douglas GoldenSchool Mitchell Scott Johnson, 13, and Andrew Douglas Golden, 11, two juveniles, ambushed students and teachers as they left the school; they were apprehended by police at the scene.
1999420ColoradoColumbineEric Harris; Dylan KleboldSchool Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, opened fire throughout Columbine High School before committing suicide.
2006102PennsylvaniaNickel MinesCharles Carl Roberts IVSchool Charles Carl Roberts, 32, shot 10 young girls in a one-room schoolhouse in Bart Township, killing 5, before taking his own life.
2007416VirginiaBlacksburgSeung-Hui ChoSchoolVirginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho, 23, opened fire on his school’s campus before committing suicide.
2008214IllinoisDeKalbSteven Phillip KazmierczakSchool27-year-old former sociology student at Northern Illinois University, opened fire on students in a lecture hall before turning the gun on himself.
2012530WashingtonSeattleIan Lee StawickiSchool (Café Racer in the University District of Seattle, Washington) / parking lotIan Lee Stawicki, 40, who had a history of mental and behavioral problems, was asked by a barista to leave a coffee shop before he stood up and opened fire. He fled and killed himself as police closed in hours later. The guns were purchased legally and Stawicki had a concealed weapons permit.
20141024WashingtonMarysvilleJaylen FrybergSchool (Marysville Pilchuck High School)The Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting occurred in Marysville, Washington, on October 24, 2014, when 15-year-old freshman student Jaylen Fryberg shot five other students at Marysville Pilchuck High School, fatally wounding four, before fatally shooting himself. 
2018214FloridaPompano Beach (Parkland)Nikolas J. CruzSchool (Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School)Former student, Nikolas Cruz, 19, opens fire with an AR-15 rifle, killing at least 17 people and injuring at least 14 others. According to law enforcement, the suspect activated a fire alarm to draw people outside to increase casualties. Cruz is arrested 
2018518TexasSanta FeDimitrios PagourtzisSchool (Santa Fe High School)A school shooting occurred at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, United States, in the Houston metropolitan area, on May 18, 2018. Ten people – eight students and two teachers – were fatally shot and thirteen others were wounded. The suspected shooter was taken into custody and later identified by police as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student at the school.
20211130MichiganOxfordEthan CrumbleySchoolA 15-year-old student opened fire at Oxford High School initially killing three students and wounding seven others and a teacher, before being arrested. One of the wounded died a day later. The suspect was charged with four counts of murder and seven counts of attempted murder while his parents, who bought him the gun used in the shooting as an early Christmas present, were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter.
2022524TexasUvaldeSalvador Rolando RamosSchool (Robb Elementary School)An 18-year-old gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School.
2023327TennesseeNashvilleAudrey Elizabeth HaleSchool (The Covenant School)A former student at the elementary school, allegedly entered The Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee and opened fire on students and staff, killing six victims (three children and three adults).

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