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Active shooter incidents are defined as any incident involving one or more individuals who are actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill those within a populated area — gang or drug-related shootings notwithstanding.

There were 50 active shooter incidents in 2016 and 2017 combined, leaving many to question if America is, in fact, safer when armed.

However, a recent investigation by the FBI in April showed that, in numerous incidents involving active shooters, there were people who stopped them by use of a weapon.

“Armed and unarmed citizens engaged the shooter in 10 incidents. They safely and successfully ended the shootings in eight of those incidents,” read the report. “Their selfless actions likely saved many lives.

“The enhanced threat posed by active shooters and the swiftness with which active shooter incidents unfold support the importance of preparation by law enforcement officers and citizens alike.”

Ten active shooters had been confronted by citizens, and eight of them ended successfully, according to The Daily Caller. Four of those eight shooters were stopped by a lawfully armed citizen.

“In one incident, a citizen possessing a valid firearms permit exchanged gunfire with the shooter, causing the shooter to flee to another scene and continue shooting,” the report read.

Yet, in the wake of so many gun shootings and violence, the call for disarming American citizens remains.

According to Timothy Hsiao for The Federalist, it is not a matter of if guns increase violence, but if they are a good means of self-defense.

“What matters is not the risk (or lack thereof) that guns pose to society, but simply whether guns are a reasonable means of self-defense,” wrote Hsiao, adding that to defend one’s life is a basic dignity that cannot be taken away in the name of “social utility.”

“Rights function as moral ‘trump cards’ that override appeals to utility,” he said. “Like our right to life, our right to defend ourselves is a basic dignity that can’t be defeated just because it might produce a net benefit.”

In nearly all national survey estimates, the result saw that defensive gun uses by victims were nearly as common as offensive uses by criminals.

Though millions of Americans are legally permitted to carry firearms every day, most of them cite self-defense as the first and foremost reason to do so.

“The overwhelming majority of the time, those guns are never drawn in anger,” wrote Paul Hsieh for Forbes. “But innocent civilians can and do sometimes use their guns in self-defense.”

Any conversation, Hsieh added, that centers around firearm policy needs to acknowledge those that are saved by the legal use of guns and self-defense, such as those in the active shooter incidents.

“The value of firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens should be measured in terms of lives saved or crimes prevented,” he said, “Not criminals killed.”

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SusanP May 15, 2018
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So happy to see I was able to share this on Facebook. After having so many articles rejected because: "Your message couldn't be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive." I DID send Facebook a message that I was outraged at this blocking. Especially, as the 1st article I got the warning on was simply reporting [Trey Gowdy announced "I am done".] with absolutely nothing abusive in the article.
Hudson Steele May 15, 2018
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Maybe the FBI is trying to take the light off them, but at least they came out with a positive diversion.
Sal Belardo May 15, 2018
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Bad Guys Beware, Americans are Armed!
Mark May 15, 2018
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Fake story. FBI has issued no such statements. This website and the Daily Mail and Daily Caller are fake news sources that print only Russian written blog posts designed to cause confusion, hatred and destruction in the US. Mr. Hsieh's article mentioned in story does not contain the info attributed to it, but instead points out that no one knows if citizens carrying guns helps or harms because the FBI and the CDC are both prohibited by law (Congress) from studying the matter or collecting any data. FBI stats do not measure school shootings separately and do not record most data that the public usually discusses. The other writer is a known opinionist - he writes opinions without any research or factual basis. Knowledge is power. Do not surrender your intelligence to fake stories and fake facts.
USAF Sharpshooter Patrick May 15, 2018
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More than 65% of citizens object to "Gun Control" and "Gun Free Zones" such as the 31 Democrat controlled Cities/Ghettos, and the 50 NAACP "PROMISE" program school Districts, which diverted Nickolas de Jesus Cruz from ANY law enforcement actions, even as he committed FELONIES which the FBI could NOT step in and affect! Obama really did make it more dangerous for Americans! Joe Biden also screwed America, when he sponsored the "Gun Free School Zone" Act in 1990! The Democrats are all about restricting, destroying, all of our Constitutional Rights! Hey, Chicago, Detroit, NYC, St. Louis, LA, San Francisco, how are those gun ownership restrictions, Gun Free Cities working for you? Chicago is above 800 shootings, so far, in 2018!
imthatguy May 15, 2018
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with the amount of "Active Shooter" situations on the rise, could it be that certain people feel that the more and more of these crimes we have, the better the chances are of an unarmed USA becoming a possibility? all this talk of banning guns and making more and more gun free zones or gun free cities is only making the nut jobs in our societies bolder and bolder... why, do you think these mass shootings are happening more and more suddenly? Its not just normal, law abiding gun owners deciding to go off and kill, its NEVER an NRA member either... With so much attention by the media and just people and especially the politicians on gun violence and gun laws, i think some of our crazier citizens are taking this as an excuse to go out and just kill as many innocent folks as possible, for what ever crazy reason they have. Notice that once all the chatter about guns dies down, these crimes dont happen as much... but as soon as something comes up and the media starts focusing on guns, the mass shootings start up again as well.
John Campbell May 15, 2018
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Dictators always seek a populous unable to rise up against the dictator. It's hard to dictate when the subjects can say "no" and enforce it.
Charlene May 15, 2018
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It can't hurt to have another reasonable voice defending the 2nd!
Granny Pat May 15, 2018
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As much as the Left wants to trash the Constitution, we on the Right won't allow that to happen! Thankfully, people are waking up to what is happening on the Left and many don't like it at all!
James Higginbotham May 15, 2018
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well. we really don't need the FBI or anyone else telling us what we ALREADY KNOW. but i guess it's GOOD they understand, because WE THE PEOPLE ARE NOT GIVING UP OUR ARMS OF FREEDOM.
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