The deadliest mass murder in a school in U.S. history took place in May 1927 in Bath Township, Michigan.
Wikipedia’s entry on the tragedy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_School_Disaster) says Andrew Kehoe “killed 38 elementary school children and six adults, and injured at least 58 other people. Kehoe first killed his wife, fire-bombed his farm and set off a major explosion in the Bath Consolidated School, before committing suicide by detonating a final explosion in his truck.”
Kehoe is said to have used a timed detonator to ignite hundreds of pounds of dynamite and incendiary pyrotol.
In September 1959, my wife and her brother survived a bombing at Poe Elementary School in Houston, Texas.
Six people, including the perpetrator, were killed, according to the Wikipedia listing,
The debate continues about limiting firearm magazine size or outlawing semi-automatic rifles (guns that require a separate pull of the trigger to fire bullets one-by-one) that resemble military rifles.
True assault rifles, capable of fully-automatic fire, have been strictly regulated since 1934.
But I have to wonder what might happen if new gun control initiatives make it more expedient for deranged killers to resort to real weapons of mass destruction.
- Dr. Gatling