By the numbers...As you brief over the graphs below you will notice a lot of scary trends when it comes to active shooter events over time. The first graph illustrates this best. The white dots connected by the blue squiggly line indicate the averages of active shooter events from 2000-2017. As you can see, the numbers have increased significantly over nearly 2 decades from about 5 per year to about 25-30 per year.
The next graph sadly indicates that each active shooting event since the year 2000 has taken at least one life. Our conclusion is that if there is an active shooter, then according to these data, at least one person will be killed each time. One life is always one too many; therefore, we need to look at the best methods to eliminate the active shooter as soon as possible.
The next set of graphs will provide overwhelming evidence why citizens carrying guns are not only helpful in saving lives, but necessary! According to this research, 33 out of 283 active shooting events had an armed citizen present. The armed citizen stopped the active shooter 25 out of those 33 times. Therefore, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that, statistically speaking, more armed citizens equals more lives saved.
Interestingly, more active shooter events took place in gun-free zones compared to zones where guns are allowed. Have you wondered why that is? The gun-free zones certainly gives the bad guy the path of least resistance, compared to zones allowing guns.
Real-World Case... Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting
(NRA)Authorities say suspect Robert Bowers, 46, entered Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue last Saturday and opened fire, killing 11 and wounded others in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack on U.S. soil.
President Trump said the “results could have been much better" had someone inside the synagogue been armed.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, a gun-control advocate, said the focus should be on passing new gun-control measures instead of arming worshipers. "We shouldn’t be trying to find ways to minimize the dangers that occur from irrational behavior," Peduto said at a news conference this week. “I think the approach that we need to be looking at is how we take the guns, which is the common denominator of every mass shooting in America, out of the hands of those who are looking to express hatred through murder."
Even before the shooting, some places of worship had already begun implementing security measures.
One Florida church last year made it clear the facility was not a gun-free zone after a gunman killed 26 people at a small Texas Baptist church. Another church in South Carolina hired uniformed sheriff’s deputies for Sunday services, the New York Times reported. The Pittsburgh attack has reinvigorated the debate on how vulnerable places like schools and churches should respond to deadly attacks. Schmidt told the Free Beacon that he understands Peduto’s perspective, but that people should be prepared for potential threats in a world where evil exists.
"There's always going to be evil in the world and you can either be prepared for it or not,” he said. "From my perspective, I don't want people to be paranoid. I want them to be prepared. Preparation and paranoia are not the same thing." Tim Schmidt, president, United States Concealed Carry Association