The FBI recently released a report this past April citing the necessity of Second Amendment rights and the rights of citizens to defend themselves. Their findings showed that almost half of the incidents that involved active shooters were ended by an armed citizen exercising their Second Amendment right. Without these citizens protecting others, these incidents could have escalated to include more severe injuries and even additional deaths.
The report included information on the 50 active shooter incidents that occurred in the United States between the years of 2016 and 2017. 2016 saw 20 such incidents and 2017 saw a total of 30.
The active shooter incidents included in the report defined an active shooting as an incident as one in which one or more assailants engaged in acts to kill or attempt to kill people in a targeted public area.
The report explained the use for this definition by stating, “the active aspect of the definition inherently implies that both law enforcement personnel and citizens have the potential to affect the outcome of the event based on their responses to the situation.”
Of the 50 total incidents, ten involved the shooter being confronted by non-police citizens. In those incidents, four of them included an armed citizen who stopped the shooting thus ending the incident and prevented more loss of life.
Other incidents involved citizens being able to restrain the shooter until police arrived and one incident involved a citizen stopping a shooter through the use of their vehicle.
These situations show a willingness for citizens to exercise their right to protect themselves as well as innocent people around them to prevent tragedies from becoming even more devastating.
The report reiterates this position by stating, “armed and unarmed citizens engaged the shooter in 10 incidents. They safely and successfully ended the shootings in eight of those incidents. 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.”
The Reports Conclusion
As evidenced by the report, the FBI data showed that many of the incidents involving active shooters in the United States were brought to an end by law enforcement personnel and armed citizens exercising their right to carry and right to protect themselves and others. Their reaction to the situation helped save lives and mitigated the amount of carnage that these incidents could have resulted in had the shooter not been stopped.
What Does this Mean for the Future of Second Amendment Rights?
It is shown in the FBI report that guns are a reasonable and appropriate means of self-defense that citizens can utilize to protect and defend themselves and innocent victims who cannot. All too often we measure the value of guns in terms of criminal use and criminal deaths when the true value of guns should be measured by the number of lives saved and the number of injuries prevented.
In the recent media attention that many active shooter incidents have received the focus has been on how the criminals obtain the guns or the type of gun and not information about the citizens who risk their lives to stop them and prevent injury to the untold number of others.
Gun control legislation in some states and other countries has shown that eliminating a law-abiding citizen’s right to bear arms has not stopped criminals from obtaining the weapons that they need to commit crimes they are set on perpetrating. It is important to remember that a person set on committing a crime will have no problem committing another crime, such as obtaining an illegal firearm to accomplish their goal.
If gun control activists are allowed to push their agenda and prevent citizen’s from being able to carry weapons, we will be removing the right of average citizen’s to protect themselves and aid in the thwarting of active shooter incidents.
This will create an unarmed public population which has been shown to be the primary target for these shooters who are looking to be able to create the most carnage without the risk of being interfered with. These criminals specifically target such sites as schools, churches, and concerts where they know that the victims will be unarmed and unable to defend themselves properly.
~ American Gun News