Mass shootings are crimes of an egregious degree. They are qualified not just by the nature of violence but by the disproportion of force.
A shootout between a gang and police is not considered a mass shooting but between a team and an unarmed contingent of rivals.
It is the act of one or more criminals wielding guns to kill as many people as possible with the least resistance.
When most people imagine the scenario where a mass shooting might happen, their eyes will go toward America for its lax and constitutionally protected gun laws. But there are many other horrible incidents out in the rest of the world.
A Scottish school was the setting for the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the British Isles.
It took place at the Dunblane Primary School, and the victims were primarily children, all perpetrated by a single man who then took his own life as a final injustice against those his actions hurt.
The incident was so gruesome it started new gun laws for the entirety of the United Kingdom, so such a thing could never happen again.
It proved that this violence is not a national occurrence; it is a global one that can occur anywhere, even in places with stricter gun laws than most.
10 /10 Dunblane In Stirling
It happened in an uncomfortably recent time, three years before the school shooting, which became national attention in the United States.
The town of Dunblane, where it took place, is a medium-sized township within council reach of the city of Stirling.
It’s dubbed a “commuter town” with many residents taking up work in nearby Stirling or other major cities like Glasgow or Edinburgh.
9 /10 Thomas Hamilton
The perpetrator in the event was one, Thomas Hamilton, who had a rocky and awful history of his own.
He was born in 1952 and grew up to be the leader of several youth clubs where he was in charge of young boys.
Rumors started to circulate in the 1970s that he was inappropriate with the children in his care, even going as far as being accused of taking semi-naked photos of them.