edit: michael silka was the name of the shooter. i remember watching a show on the military channel about two snipers taking him out from a hovering helicopter, ending his killing spree in alaska. silka was ex-military and he managed to kill one of the snipers before receiving the fatal shot.
Not really what I meant. That was a case of a killer in a small, isolated town killing people without anyone else knowing about it until later. Not some guy who walked down the main drag shooting. I guarantee that the folks there were armed, and if someone knew, they would have responded. Which of course eventually did happen. When the townsfolk did realize what was happening, they lay in wait for him, ready to ambush him should he come back to his car, which he didn't.
As for the only other shooting which comes close to fitting the bill, the UT at Austin belltower shootings, it wasn't that citizens didn't have guns, but that they didn't have the right guns for the situation. There were a bunch of civilians and cops who very quickly were shooting back, but they were doing it with handguns, which didn't have the range or accuracy to hit the shooter, who did have a rifle. It was only when citizens and cops armed with rifles came around that they could hold the guy off enough for a group of citizens and cops armed with handguns to get into the belltower and kill the shooter.
But, hostage situations apart, no other mass shooting has gone on like the one across the pond.
Achilles is the kind of evil that hollows out a volcano for a lair, and sends killer robots after his enemies.---Lord Simian