FBI Undercounts Armed Citizen
Intervention v. Active Shooters

John Lott spoke at the recent Gun Rights Policy Conference about armed
citizen intervention in active shooter incidents. (Screen Snip, YouTube, SAF)

By Dave Workman. Oct 10, 2022

A stunning new report from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) says there have been "massive errors" in the FBI's reports on active shooters in which armed citizens stopped the attacks, and a well-known scholar with extensive background on defensive gun uses says the FBI database of active shooters "cannot be trusted."

The report, "Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2021," identifies 360 "active shooter incidents" in the years spanning 2014-2021, including 124 in which an armed private citizen stopped the mayhem. But, as noted by Fox News, "The FBI identified 252 active shooter incidents during the same time period, with only 11 thwarted by armed citizens."

Professor emeritus Gary Mauser at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia is quoted in the report observing, "Whether deliberately through bias or just incompetence, the FBI database of active shooters cannot be trusted."

The issue of defensive gun uses and active shooter misinformation was discussed at the Gun Rights Policy Conference by author and researcher John Lott, founder of the CPRC, now based in Montana. He told the audience about some of the research the center did last year, identifying stories about defensive gun uses during the first nine months. .....


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