Sebastian points out these two posts all listing some of the largest mass murders. Clayton Cramer and Brian Palmer
Often with fire. Revolutionary War veteran Barnett Davenport is widely considered the first mass murderer in U.S. history. On the evening of Feb. 3, 1780, Davenport burst into the bedroom of his employer, Caleb Mallory, and began to bludgeon Mallory and his wife with a club. When the club broke in two, Davenport beat the couple to death with Mallory’s gun. If Davenport had stopped there, he would be remembered as just an ordinary killer; most criminologists define mass murder as the killing of at least three people in a single incident. After beating the Mallorys to death, however, Davenport burned the house down, killing their three grandchildren….A mass murderer’s weapon of choice depends somewhat on his victims. Attacks with guns, fire, knives, and bare hands are far more likely to be directed against family and acquaintances than total strangers, while mass murderers prefer to use explosives against people they don’t know. Also of note: Those who use firearms in a killing spree turn the gun on themselves 34 percent of the time, while only 9 percent of mass-murdering arsonists take their own lives.
I write the “Gun Death?” Files because the metric of “Gun Death” is the biggest tool in the anti-gun toolbox, and I really don’t agree with their selfish attitude of discounting so many murders and violent crimes simply because the violent criminal didn’t use a tool they want to ban.
They shouldn’t be using the metric of “Gun Death”, because as a society we don’t care if somebody uses a gun, a knife, a milk bottle, or fire to kill another person, murder is murder, and the degrees of murder intend on the court determining the intent and course of action of the killer. Tools are only referenced to show intent and planning, but the TYPE of tool really isn’t relevant. A man who kills his cheating wife by louring her to a park and pushing her off a cliff will likely face more serious charges than the man who walks into his bedroom to find his wife with the mailman and grabs a gun from the closet and shoots her, as one could be argued a crime of passion, and the other “Cold Blooded Murder”.
“Gun Death” is NOT a valid metric!
Fire can be a scary thing. Even in today’s age of fire suppression systems and quick emergency response, a well planned arson event could have the potential to kill far more people than any shooter could ever hope to.