What’s The FBI Says About Citizens Stopping Active Shooters?…Ugh.

When the FBI released their report of active shooter incidents in the US for 2021, they basically said that civilian gun ownership and concealed carry don’t stop crime.

They identified 252 active shooter incidents between 2014 and 2021 and claimed that only 11 of them were stopped by citizens.

That’s just 4.4%.

It made me angry, disappointed, and confused.

It didn’t feel right. I KNOW I’d heard and read about more than 11 incidents…but I didn’t have them all in front of me.

John Lott did.

He dug into the report and found some big problems…

Like volunteer armed usher, Jack Wilson was categorized as a “security guard” and not a civilian concealed carrier when he stopped the crazed shooter who opened fire with a shotgun at his church in White Settlement, TX.

They also didn’t count 25 incidents where armed citizens stopped the threat BEFORE the shooter racked up the body count to qualify as a mass shooter.

And, there were another 83 other incidents that were missed by the report.

So, what are the real numbers?

Between 2014 and 2021, there were 360 active shooter incidents and 34.4 were stopped by an armed citizen. That percentage rose to almost 50% by 2021.

But the numbers are even more dramatic when you just look at active shooter incidents in locations where carry is legal.

For all 8 years, citizens stopped 51% of the attacks. That number is rising as well, with 58% of attacks in 2021 being stopped by an armed citizen.

That’s encouraging.

It tells me that we’re making a difference.

That carrying matters.

And that training matters.

Not training to poke holes in paper.

But training to stop lethal threats with a gun.

And if you’re ready to make the jump from paper training to gunfight training, there’s no better place to start than >HERE<.

Here’s the link to John Lott’s research on active shooters between 2014 and 2021

and here’s the link to what happened in each individual shooting that was stopped by an armed citizen

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  • James McClellan

    Reply Reply March 21, 2023

    Please show your sources.

    • Ox

      Reply Reply March 22, 2023

      I’m not sure I understand…you scrolled right past them in order to comment. Let me know what else you’re looking for.

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