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According to the most recent comprehensive longitudinal U.S. study available (2000-2013) on active shooter incidents
researchers to have occurred between calendar years 2000-2013. The overall average number of incidents per year studied was 11.4, occurring in 40 of 50 states and the District of Columbia. The incidents had ended by the time law enforcement arrived in 60.0% of the incidents.
Tragically, 486 people were killed, and 557 people were wounded in these incidents (a total of 1,043 casualties). The shootings were classified as “mass killing” incidents (defined by federal statute as three or more killed) in 40.0% of the incidents. The study also found that in 63 of the incidents in which a duration of the incident could be determined almost 70% (69.8%) ended in 5 minutes or less and 23 (36.5%) ended in 2 minutes or less; 66.9% of the time before law enforcement arrived to engage them.
Unarmed people confronted the shooter(s) in 13.1% of the incidents leading the researchers to conclude that citizens (non-law enforcement persons on-site) “should be engaged in training and discussions on decisions they may face”.2
Of the 1,043 people killed or wounded for all locations cited as shooting incident sites “education environments” were the second most lethal and high wounded counts locations
In a more recent limited study published as an unclassified FBI document, the bureau updates the 2000- 2013 report with data from 2014 and 2015 revealing that the frequency of active shooting incidents per
year has increased from the previous 11.4 per year to a new high of 20 in each of the years studied.
The more contemporary study also affirms that; “The consistency of these incidents supports the paramount need for training and exercises for law enforcement, other first responders, and citizens alike.” (emphasis added). This is the very same theme that emerged from the initial study in which unarmed persons on-site attempted to defeat the active shooter(s). See cite at footnote below.4
Once again, education environments ranked second only to “Commerce” areas in number of persons killed 15, or 16.1% of 92 total killed, and 20, or 14.4% in persons wounded of total 139 wounded.
1 Blair, J. Pete, and Schweit, Katherine W. (2014). A Study of Active Shooter Incidents, 2000-2013. Texas State University and Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington D.C. 2014.
2 FBI and TSU Op. cit.
3 FBI and TSU Op. cit.
4 Unclassified FBI report. https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/activeshooterincidentsus_2014-2015.pdf.
Accessed by internet February 21, 2018.
The gravity of murdering children in school environs can never be over-stated.
The gravity of murdering children in school environs can never be over-stated. The horror of witnessing the lives stolen cannot be undone. By their nature these homicidal offenders are intent on inflicting mass casualty harm on children targeting these compressed, population intense locations that are
designed to be open, welcoming and safe environments to foster learning.
The modern school design is replete with areas for every function from mass assembly, to recreation and large classrooms. The entirety of the common footprint of these campuses is large, complex and necessarily vast.
Providing one or more armed law enforcement or security personnel to such a complex campus environ does little to complete a well-designed and well-intended security plan. Modern law enforcement response times in highly urbanized and congested jurisdictions defeat the most responsive agencies’ efforts. It is clear from the best available studies that the shooter(s) intend to
inflict the greatest carnage on the unarmed student (and campus employee) population and either flee or commit suicide before the arrival of law enforcement.
As reported in a study by the Illinois State Police Academy (2003):
“… immediate action taken by personnel who are on-site when the shooting starts is the most effective way to stop the killing.”6
According to the Department of Homeland Security:
“Active shooter incidents, in many cases, have no pattern or method to the selection of victims, which results in an unpredictable and evolving situation. In the midst of the chaos, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of an active shooter incident.” (Preamble, Department of
Homeland Security (DHS); “Active Shooter Preparedness Program”, fact sheet. January 2016.) Emphasis added. https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/dhs-active-shooter-preparednessprogram-fact-sheet-01-16-508.pdf . (Accessed by internet, February 21, 2018.)
Florida’s most recent (Valentine’s Day, 2018) mass shooting incident on a school campus confirmed the bravery and courageous action that school staff is willing to accept in defeating an active shooter to save student lives. Unfortunately, high school assistant football coach Aaron Feis was unarmed and unprotected when he attempted to defeat the shooter (Cruz).7
Data supported evidence in federal and state studies as well as anecdotal details confirm that more aggressive, expedited and on-site campus action is a well informed strategy to defeating an active shooter.
5 Op. cit. Unclassified FBI report.
6 https://www.scribd.com/doc/16693309/Rapid-Deployment-as-a-Response-to-an-Active-Shooter-Incident. (See page 8). Accessed by internet
7 “A football coach shielded students from Florida shooter died as he lived – by putting himself second.” By Amir Vera, CNN. February 15, 2018. Accessed by internet, February 21, 2018.
Some solutions that suggest themselves for immediate adoption are:
Integrating law enforcement active shooter training with school-based faculty, administrators and campus facility managers.
Incorporating self-defense devices such as personal shields into the active shooter training protocols to both demonstrate how to successfully defeat the shooter as well as afford school personnel some degree of protection from being shot.
The sheriffs of the state of Florida enjoy elected office and grand county-wide jurisdiction for law enforcement services in every county of the state, except Miami-Dade County which has an appointed Director of Police with county-wide jurisdiction for the consolidated city. Some sheriffs may also have
collaborative partner enforcement elements on school campuses variously titled as at Palm Beach County, Dade County, Broward County, Orange County, Duval County and Pinellas County all of which have created a school-based police department duplicating on-campus law enforcement services provided by the sheriffs of Florida (the sheriffs’ authority is defined within and as required by the Florida constitution at Article VIII, section 1(d) and Florida Statutes, FS 30).
Immediately adopt funding action and authorizing legislation to incorporate self-defense shields into every active shooter training scenario through state funding appropriations to purchase a supply of personal ballistic rated armor shields rated to defeat the most common ammunition used in modern
active shooter incidents. (Rifle and pistol rated plate inserts).
Appropriate sufficient state and federal funds to distribute a minimum of 200 shields to every sheriff in the state of Florida to be further distributed to every school in the sheriff’s district. There are sixty-six (66) elected sheriffs for Florida’s sixty-seven (67) counties; Metropolitan Dade County has an appointed law enforcement agency head (Director, Miami-Dade Police Department).