Active Shooter Situations

Posted: December 1, 2015 in politics, thinking
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image courtesy of Pong

image courtesy of Pong

Contrary to the impression you might get from the mainstream media, active shooter situations are rare occurrences.  According to this FBI page, between 2000 and 2012, there were only 110 recorded Active Shooter Events (ASE).  These shootings involved less than 1000 total people.  When we view this in light of the roughly 320 million U.S. inhabitants, only .0003125% of the population has been involved in an ASE.

Granted, any unnecessary deaths is a cause for grief and each person shot (wounded or killed) deserves our sympathy and sorrow over what they or their family suffered.  This is not to make light of what they have gone through.

However, we need to view the threat realistically by understanding how rare it is.  Compare the .0003125% chance of being shot in an ASE with the 30% chance of being involved in an accident involving alcohol.  Where is the real threat?

While it’s unlikely you’ll ever be in such a situation, preparing yourself ahead of time is a step you might want to take, just in case.

Here’s a good article with some specific ideas on how to prepare your plan of action if you happen to come face to face with an active shooter.

What to Do in an Active Shooter Situation

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