Posted on May 07 2018
FBI active shooter
The FBI defines an “Active Shooter/Shooting” incident as:
“Active shooter is a term used by law enforcement to describe a situation in which a shoot- ing is in progress and an aspect of the crime may affect the protocols used in responding to and reacting at the scene of the incident. Unlike a defined crime, such as a murder or mass killing, the active aspect inherently implies that both law enforcement personnel and citizens have the potential to affect the outcome of the event based upon their responses.’
In 2014 the FBI released a their first active shooter/shooting study, which examined shootings from 2000 to 2013. The FBI concluded that on average, from 2000 to 2013, per year 11.4 incidents occurred. Over this 14 year reporting period:
Casualties (victims killed and wounded) totaled 1,043. The individual shooters are not included in this total.
A total of 486 individuals were killed.
A total of 557 individuals were wounded.
The numbers are sobering. I can not emphasize enough the aforementioned numbers were over a 14 year period. These data points give you much needed historical data, see pages 6-10;
The FBI 2000-2013 full report can be found here
FBI data 2014-2015
As previously established in the FBI report for 2000 thru 2013 an average of 11.4 active shooter incidents occurred, annually. Moving into 2014-2015 reporting period that annual number increased to an average of 20 active shooter incidents per year. An increase of 8.6 active shooter incidents.
As expected, more shootings equals more casualties:
“A total of 231 casualties were identified with 92 killed and 139 wounded, 9 excluding the shooters. The highest number of casualties occurred at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, with 14 killed and 22 wounded. The second highest number of casualties occurred in Isla Vista, California, with 6 killed and 14 wounded. The 20 casual- ties on Isla Vista streets resulted from 3 different modes of assault, with 3 shot and killed, 7 shot and wounded, 3 stabbed to death, and 7 struck and wounded by the shooter’s vehicle.’
See pages 2-7, the FBI 2014-2015 Active Shooter Report can be found, here
FBI data 2016-2017
Year over year, 2016 to 2017 the FBI noted a 50% increase in what they deem as an active shooter situation.
The FBI has designated 50 shootings in 2016 and 2017 as active shooter incidents. Twenty incidents occurred in 2016, while 30 incidents occurred in 2017. (emphasis added)
The 50 incidents resulted in 943 casualties (221 people killed and 722 people wounded, excluding the shooters).
The highest number of casualties (58 killed and 489 wounded) occurred during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2017.
The second highest number of casualties (49 killed and 53 wounded) occurred at Pulse, a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in 2016.
The third highest number of casualties (26 killed and 20 wounded) occurred at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in 2017.
The (newly) released FBI 2016-2017 Active Shooter Report can be found, here.
With 3 separate FBI reports, you now have a universe of data that spans some 17 years. Any average person can review this data, either holistically or year over year. One can extrapolate multiple patterns, commonalities and various mitigating factors. Conversely some will try to manipulate the data (yes NRA, I’m looking right at you), but in the end the result is the same; more guns means more deaths and the vast majority of shooters are White Males.
A person’s second amendment right, which 4 different Appellate Courts & the Supreme Court, all determined Semi-Automatic/Assault Weapons/Military-Style are NOT protected by the Second Amendment, and their right to bear arms, should not impede or supersede your right to life and liberty.
And lets be clear, the NRA’s predictable “Obama is a Muslim who’s going to take your guns”...equites to nothing but the NRA acting like a “fringe” terrorist organization. The NRA is a master of ginning up fear and anger. The NRA’s response to Sandy Hook and the dozens of other mass shootings, is exactly how a fringe terrorist organization would respond. For example what exactly was the point of this NRA Ad?
Responsible common sense Background checks and gun safety is not unreasonable. Like millions of other Americans I’m sick of wondering, is today the day I get a call or emergency alert that my childrens school is in lock down because there’s an active shooter at my kids school. I’m tired of going to the mall or movie theater and immediately thinking, if there’s an active shooter what’s the fastest way out or a decent place to hide.
The NRA’s feigned hysteria that the Liberals & Democrats are coming for your guns, it’s vulgar & offensive.
Meaning in America’s current pro NRA, proGOP proTrump Gun culture, apparently our rights to go to a movie, a Shopping Mall, an outdoor concert, our places of Worship to pray to our God or even sending our children to school is superseded by some lunatic’s right to owning a gun. Specifically guns like the ARs, which were solely designed as a weapon on mass casualty. And I would be remiss to not disclose, that yes I worked for the NRA (notice the past tense). I am pro second amendment right, I enjoy shooting, specifically skeet shooting but I’m sick of turning on the news and seeing yet another mass shooting. Aren’t you?
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