Update of Lawlessness and Violence

 Florida school shooting among 10 deadliest in modern US history

Blog note: Jesus indicated that one (of many) signs of the end times or the end of the age grace would be that love for one another would grow cold. Matthew 24:12, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” This can also be interpreted that lawlessness will abound. This includes violence, murder, terrorism, mass shootings, mass knife attacks, car/van attacks, chemical attacks and other similar acts of destructive and evil behavior. Yes, these things have occurred in time past. But consider the frequency, intensity and devastation of these types of attacks and mass school shootings. They are like birth pangs in frequency and intensity. This is just one part of the CONVERGENCE or CONVERGING of signs. End of note.

 Florida school shooting among 10 deadliest in modern US history

By Jennifer Earl, Kaitlyn Schallhorn | Fox News, February 14, 2018

After each massacre, survivors and witnesses have echoed the words “no more” — yet mass shootings have continued to plague the U.S. In fact, shootings only have continued to increase over the past few years. Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is the third deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history to take place within the past five months. It’s also the 25th fatal shooting at a U.S. elementary, middle or high school since — and including — Columbine in 1999.

Here’s a look back at the 10 deadliest shootings that the country ever has seen as the nation mourns yet another tragedy.

Las Vegas, Nev. — Route 91 Festival, 58 killed: Authorities say gunman Stephen Paddock fired at the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert on the Las Vegas Strip from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on Oct. 1, 2017, killing 58 people and wounding more than 520 others. It was the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, police said. Twenty-one victims were shot in the head, 36 died with chest and back wounds and one died of a gunshot to a leg, according to a coroner’s report. SWAT teams who stormed Paddock’s room discovered the 64-year-old dead of a self-inflicted gunshot to the mouth, the report adds.

Orlando, Fla. — Pulse nightclub, 49 killed: Omar Seddique Mateen killed at least 49 people and wounded more than 50 others when he opened fire in Pulse, a gay Orlando nightclub, on June 12, 2016. Mateen eventually was killed by police after a standoff. That was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history prior to the Las Vegas attack.

Blacksburg, Va. — Virginia Tech, 32 killed; Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho fatally shot 32 people in two locations of the school’s Blacksburg, Va., campus in April 2007, before killing himself with a bullet to the head. Many of the victims had defensive wounds, indicating they tried to shield themselves from the gunfire, but there was no evidence that Cho struggled with any of the people he killed. Virginia Tech’s response to the shootings by the mentally ill student caused schools nationwide to review security protocols.

Newtown, Conn. — Sandy Hook, 26 killed: On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, shot his mother dead in her home, then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School and fatally shot 20 children, between the ages of 6 and 7. Lanza also murdered school personnel, killing a total of 26 people, before committing suicide. “In fewer than 11 minutes, twenty first-grade pupils and six adults had lost their lives,” a police report released after the massacre reads.

Sutherland Springs, Texas — First Baptist Church, 26 killed: On Nov. 5, 2017, gunman Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. He killed 26 people, including an unborn baby, and injured another 20. Kelley, 26, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after he was shot and chased by two men who heard the gunfire at the church and chased after him in a vehicle. Investigators said the attack appeared to stem from a domestic dispute involving Kelley and his mother-in-law, Michelle Shields, who sometimes attended services at the church. Kelly sent several disturbing text messages to Shields prior to the shooting.

“I suggest you don’t test my resolve,” read one of several texts. That wasn’t the first time Kelley became violent. In New Mexico, he was kicked out of the Air Force following a court-martial in 2012 for abusing his first wife and reportedly hitting her child hard enough to fracture his skull. In Colorado, he was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after someone saw him punch a dog several times. And in Texas, sheriff’s deputies were called to his parents’ house after his girlfriend told a friend he was abusing her. “You had to walk on eggshells around him all the time because you’re afraid of saying something to upset him,” Shields told the San Antonio Express-News months after the attack.

Killeen, Texas — Luby’s Cafeteria shooting, 23 killed: George “Jo-Jo” Hennard, an unemployed merchant seaman, shot and killed 23 people and wounded 27 others during the lunchtime rush at Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, on Oct. 16, 1991. Hennard killed himself shortly after the rampage. During the attack, Hennard reportedly targeted women, whom he called “vipers.”

San Ysidro, Calif. — McDonald’s, 21 killed: On July 18, 1984, James Huberty, 41, fatally shot 21 people and injured 19 others in and around a McDonald’s restaurant in San Ysidro, Calif. Among the dead were children and teenagers. Huberty later was killed by a SWAT sniper.

Parkland, Fla. — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, 17 killed: A shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left at least 17 people dead and 15 wounded on Feb. 14, officials said. The shooting suspect, who was identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, had been expelled for disciplinary reasons. The alleged gunman carried an AR-15 rifle and had “countless magazines,” Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said.An Instagram page apparently belonging to Cruz showed pictures of guns and knives.One student told WJXT that “everyone predicted” the shooting and some teachers acknowledged there were warning signs. However, Superintendent Robert Runcie said he was not aware of any specific warnings the school district had received regarding the shooter.

San Bernardino, Calif., 14 killed: On Dec. 2, 2015, husband and wife Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik opened fire at a holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif., killing 14 people and wounding 22 others. After the shooting, the couple was shot by more than two dozen police officers more than 40 times combined, and killed. Autopsies found that Farook was shot 27 times, and Malik was shot at least 15 times

Austin, Texas — University of Texas, 14 killed: On Aug. 1, 1966, University of Texas engineering student Charles Whitman climbed to the school’s iconic clock tower and opened fire. Whitman, a former Marine who had earlier murdered his mother and wife, killed 14 and wounded 31 before he was gunned down by police. Whitman fired at people from his perch on the tower for more than an hour.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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