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Fact or Fiction?

“If you look at the numbers, we’re looking at an active shooter every other week in this country.”

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Who Said This?

FBI special agent Christopher Combs said this during an interview on last week’s mass shooting in West Texas.

The FBI defines an active shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.”

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What We Know

It’s true in recent years.

From 2000 – 2018, America saw an average of 14.5 each year (less than one every other week).

*BUT* in 2017 & 2018 there was an average of 28.5 active shooter incidents each year (more than one every other week).

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Why It Matters

  • In addition to increasing in frequency over the years, active shooter incidents have become more deadly.
  • Of the more than 800 people killed by active shooters, more than a quarter were killed during 2017 and 2018 incidents.
  • No single explanation as to why the numbers recently increased.
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Despite the increase of active shooter incidents, the numbers also show they are rare considering the American population of 300M+.

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