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New Report Finds ‘Massive Errors’ in FBI’s Active Shooting Data

John R. Lott Jr., President of the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), has alleged that the FBI is underreporting the number of active shooters stopped by armed citizens.

In an article published by Real Clear Politics, Lott first explains that the FBI defines an “active shooter incident” as, “those in which an individual actively kills or attempts to kill people in a populated, public area.”

FBI Active Shooting Data

While the definition of what an “active shooting” incident is debated by several organizations, one thing remains constant. The need to have appropriate training on what to do in the event of an active threat. The F.B.I. also endorses the ideology of “Run, Hide, Fight” as an appropriate response during an active shooting. This is simply wrong and impractical information.

Is everyone able to Run? No.

Aside from attempting to talk an active shooter down, hiding is the worst response during an active threat. We can observe hundreds of incidents over the years of victims who chose to hide and were seriously injured or tragically killed.

Fighting suggests the idea of seeking out an active shooter, whether armed or unarmed. Again, we can point to multiple incidents where well-meaning citizens have been engaged by Law Enforcement. Countering in a defensive posture and a proper response by a person armed or unarmed given specific parameters.

While some of the information in this article may seem in opposition to each other, find further clarity and proper proactive responses to an active threat by visiting There you can find additional tips and video clips of how to Avoid, Barricade, Counter and Survive.

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