This post was inspired by @aquarienne recent post "Inigo Montoya Moments" that dealt with a misunderstanding between American and a European friend over the phrase 'school shooting'. You can find it at: https://ello.co/aquarienne/post/5U0t2VVX6fQMMIUautdGEA
While i think the best conversations are kind of like good jazz---variations on a theme with soloists (commenters on posts) can do their own 'rif' on the original post, sometimes i hesitate to hijack a post, especially if my rif is a 'downer'. So decided to post this info and my musings about it separately.
'School Shootings' do not happen 'the way they do here' (i'm guessing you mean with the frequency) in other countries. However, they and other incidents of mass violence and murder happen around the globe. Even in countries with tougher gun laws. i've researched it a couple of times when discussing the American gun culture. Here's an overview of mass school school shootings in the USA, beginning in 1700's: http://www.k12academics.com/school-shootings/history-school-shootings-
Read that and started searching world wide, mass killings. They're out there. Not all in schools, but not all terrorist attacks. Often 1 or 2 unbalanced people. Often, as here ending in suicide of killer (by own hand or 'by cop'. The important question to consider is why don't we hear of more of them? There is a clue in this account of the July 2011 mass killings (bomb and guns): http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/23/us-norway-blast-idUSTRE76L2VI20110723
"Initial speculation after the Oslo blast had focused on Islamist militant groups, but it appears that only Breivik -- and perhaps unidentified associates -- was involved." So that one made our news (i remember it well, i still watched regular mainstream news broadcasts back then) because at first was believed to be 'Islamic Terrorist' attack.
The many i found by searching with various wordings for mass killings/shootings world wide we do not hear about. They may make it to wire services but are not picked up by broadcast news, and if our papers publish they are often more of back pages 'fillers'. So my fellow Americans particularly, you might want to ask yourself---why our mainstream media would like to keep us thinking that our fellow Americans are uniquely violence prone? Who stands to gain by a climate of fear?