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FBI Active Shooter Report: Our Takeaways

Law Shield members need to note that the number of active-shooter events in the United States is on the rise, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation report.

The report, entitled “A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013,” details there have been 160 active shooter scenarios in that time frame.

In those 14 years, 557 people have been wounded and 486 people have been killed. In the first seven years of the study, the agency documented 6.4 active shooter incidences annually, on average (page 6). Between 2007 and 2013, the annual average jumped to 16.4 events a year.

One of the reasons for the report is that the FBI intends to create a database to study active-shooting incidents with an eye toward stemming the number of incidents. The agency also breaks the events into different resolutions (page 11), from which we had a few of takeaways:

— 69 percent of the shootings lasted 5 minutes or less. What that means: In an active-shooter event, unarmed people will soon be wounded or dead people.

— There are no geographical trends. What that means: Our Law Shield members across the country have a chance to defend themselves and their loved ones if they have to face an active shooter.

— Commercial and educational areas (70 percent) seem to draw the majority of active shooters. What that means: Businesses and schools that force legal concealed carriers to disarm are creating an environment for an active shooter to be more deadly.

— “In at least 65 (40.6%) of the 160 incidents, citizen engagement or the shooter committing suicide ended the shooting at the scene before law enforcement arrived.” What that means: When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

Click here to download the report.

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