5 thoughts on “Mapping the History of Mass Shootings in Texas

  1. I understand that this was created in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, but I would be very curious to see a map of ALL the gun incidents in Texas since 1966. Perhaps they could be broken out into specific categories like accidental discharges, suicides, intimate partner violence, violent crime, police involved shootings. Unfortunately, I’m sure there are more categories that I am not thinking of.

    It’s easy to focus on large-scale events because they are headline generators, but the majority of gun deaths come in other forms besides those depicted in this infographic.

  2. This is an interesting graphic, but it is only skimming the surface and doesn’t go into underlying currents–not that that was original intent, of course. If you look at the last 100 years of the nation’s history, the central stretch of land from central Texas up to and including central and eastern Oklahoma have been the scene of our greatest violent acts, shocking in their scope..and yes, they are all connected: UT Tower sniper killings, Waco Twin Peaks shoot-out, Waco Branch Davidian siege, the Killeen Luby’s massacre , Fort Hood massacre (2 of them!) Waco public lynching (greatest turn out of a lynching in US history), Oklahoma City bombing, Tulsa and Oklahoma race riots of the 1910s, JFK assassination, the Ossage Indian state-wide massacre in Oklahoma from 1921-1924. I can go on. Tying all them together is the heady mix of political extremism of the far right, and their use of fundamentalist religion to solidify the Anglo hold on land and property and the economy at the expense of poor whites, blacks, browns, and the native Indians of Oklahoma and Texas. Oswald, although a leftist, was surely influenced by the astonishing vilification of JFK by the political-religious extreme right wing in Dallas. The easy availability of armaments, combined with a perverted sense of “individualism and self reliance” , and fundamentalist Protestantism, is and was a heady mix. And the southern economic elite’s extreme anti-Washington stance, designed to split the black and white populace (adopted by the poor and working class whites of the South as “states rights” and now “white nationalism” ) also added to the toxic stew. But don’t take my word for it, there a plenty of historians right here in Texas who have written the books on this (thankfully , my decades of research on this won’t require me finish my book on this, as they –and William T. Volmann– did the job for me!). You can start with these: Bradley T Turner “Lust Violence and Religion” and William D. Carrigan “The Making of a Lynching Culture:violence and vigilantism in central Texas” . Not pleasant reading, but if we are to understand the current political climate in Texas and the region, we need to look deep, however painful.

  3. Looks like it’s time to update the mass shootings in Texas map. That is such a terribly depressing thing to have to write. When will it finally be enough? How many more people have to die at the hands of a deranged person with a gun before we as a state and nation decide it it too much?

    I don’t know what the solutions are, but this is completely unacceptable. Texas leaders, DO SOMETHING.

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