Deadly Mass Shootings in U.S. Rise at a ‘Troubling’ Rate


(WASHINGTON) — Deadly mass shootings in the United States are increasing in frequency, according to an FBI study of the 160 active-shooter incidents in the country between 2000 and 2013.

“During the first 7 years included in the study, an average of 6.4 incidents occurred annually,” the report notes. “In the last 7 years… hat average increased to 16.4 incidents annually.”

In a pad-and-pencil briefing with reporters Wednesday, FBI Assistant Director James F. Yacone called the acceleration of incidents “troubling.”

The comprehensive study would provide an important “baseline” that will help the FBI and state and local police respond to the shootings, and in some cases even prevent them, he added.

The study found there have been mass shooting incidents in 40 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and they occur in big cities, small towns and rural areas. While most took place in business or school environments, there were also mass shootings in military and other government property, health care facilities, and houses of worship.

The FBI findings report a total of 1,043 casualties in the 160 mass shootings: 468 people were killed, and 557 wounded, excluding the shooters. In the 45 incidents in which law enforcement officers were able to engage the shooter, nine officers were killed and 28 wounded. Yacone said that the FBI is helping local law enforcement with advanced equipment and training for confronting mass shooters.

“We know that the FBI, we’re not going to be the first responders.” Yacone said. “It’s going to be our state, local, college-campus and tribal partners that are going to be those first responders. And these incidents, the large majority of them are over in minutes.”

That is perhaps the most striking finding in the study: in 64 incidents in which the duration of the shooting could be determined, 44 shootings — or 69 percent – were over in five minutes or less. The report notes that “even when law enforcement was present or able to respond within minutes, civilians often had to make life and death decisions…”

Indeed, there were 21 mass shootings in which unarmed citizens safely restrained the shooter, with 11 of those incidents involving school staff and students.

“We’re trying to push out lessons learned and best practices,” Yacone said. “Not just to law enforcement, who are going to be the first responders to this. But to the citizens. Run, hide, fight, being a simple message that resonates with this.”

The study did not focus on the motivation of the mass shooters, but found that in all but two incidents, the shooter acted alone. In school shootings, the gunman was usually a student or former student of the school. In the 160 mass shootings, only six female shooters were identified. Continue Reading

Commentary: This is more proof mental illness is getting out of control in our society and should become a higher priority by the useless politicians in charge.

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