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FBI ‘Active Shooter’ Report Supports ‘Good Guy with a Gun’ Claims

FBI ‘Active Shooter’ Report Supports ‘Good Guy with a Gun’ Claims
It’s curious the Bureau made an editorial decision to emphasize an investigation it’s being so tight-lipped about.

A recently released report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation credits armed citizens with saving lives. “Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2016 and 2017” was released  in April, and provides hard evidence that gun-grabbers who ridicule the efficacy of keeping and bearing arms are demonstrably agenda-driven liars.

“The FBI has designated 50 shootings in 2016 and 2017 as active shooter incidents,” the report summarizes. “Twenty incidents occurred in 2016, while 30 incidents occurred in 2017.

“The FBI defines an active shooter as one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area,” the report continues. “Implicit in this definition is the shooter’s use of one or more firearms. 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 upon their responses to the situation. “

And how have citizens “affected the outcome”?

“Eight shooters were stopped by citizens,” the report documents, up from six credited in a 2014/2015 report:

“In four incidents, citizens possessing valid firearms permits successfully stopped the shooter. In two incidents, citizens exchanged gunfire with the shooter. In two incidents, the citizens held the shooter at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived. 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. In one incident, a citizen possessing a valid firearms permit was wounded before he could fire at the shooter.”

That’s a pretty good record, especially considering how the doctrinaire gun-grabbers scoff at the idea, say it never happens, and claim “untrained” people would either end up getting killed or killing innocents themselves.

It also belies charges that gun owners are violent and bloodthirsty, just looking for an excuse to kill someone. The reported incidents reflect appropriate actions and judgment, and while it’s true that one citizen was wounded, no one has ever claimed having a gun makes someone invincible – what it can do (and based on results does) is offer a better chance than being defenseless and helpless.

What the report does not do is specify which locations where armed citizens did not help stop a shooter were so-called “gun-free zones.” We can make educated guesses about some of the incidents, such as school shootings, but as presented it’s difficult to extrapolate on lives that could have been saved had an armed presence been encouraged rather than forbidden by ignorance and/or law.

As things stand, there’s no reason to doubt the potential for more saves, and it’s up to anyone who disputes that to produce proof that the FBI is wrong when it acknowledges:

“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.”

There is, however, one major flaw in the report that defenders of gun owner rights should be sensitive to. Jeff Knox, director of The Firearms Coalition advocates that using the term “active shooter” to describe scumbag murderers is wrong and ought to be reclaimed by the real – and peaceable – active shooters.


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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.



  1. I don’t follow that unfree “gun free zone” aka Kill free victim zone crap, unless they have metal detectors, other than that, my rights are exercised every where, everyday.

  2. It’s a no brainer. The real push to ban fire arms is to take away the ability to defend ourselves. There will be a civil war in this country before that happens and the tree of liberty will be watered once again.

    -Jerrod Chapman-

    1. I agree completely ! Every time an anti-gun story hits the media, this, or like manner reports should be placed beneath the lies. Maybe, just maybe, some of these “idiots” would realize they are being ‘shot’ a bunch of BULL !

  3. Make all Security Guards armed, also put Police and or Military armed with police certified into schools and other public places areas mandatory with certified police, Shopping Centers ect.

    1. …and your bedroom? Domestic violence prevention requires a cop in every room? Think

    2. Revitalize Militia:
      Armed and trained citizens on the scene.
      Crime will drop on the streets, and very important, in the halls of government.
      The community will be trained for emergencies, and will be in charge of ongoing background checks. If you’re familiar with Militia statutes you will know how this will come into play, and how it can be thrown right in the face of anti-2nd people.

  4. The way things are going in the Middle East no one knows what is going to happen. I found out yesterday that Hezbollah are alive an well in every country in South America, Iran is pushing the Muslim religion in all of the countries they have been doing this since the 80’s as well as Venezuela happily allowing Iran to advance its solid rocket-fuel-production in that country. Iran has never stopped with its trying to produce a nuclear bomb. Its not a good idea for the citizens of the USA to not be armed to the teeth to protect not only ones self but the people around you.

    1. islame has been up to this for 1400 years! It is the same thing, non stop, over and over, without pause or apology. Over 100 million dead and counting. Their entire “religion” is world domination, by killing EVERY “infidel”. It never changes.

      We need to advertise the FACT that all explosives are infused with pig products. Every suicide bomber is laced with pork products the instant they touch off their bomb and therefore NO SUICIDE BOMBER WILL EVER ENTER HEAVEN!

      As to not being armed? Fools errand.

  5. I can’t help but notice your article ignore one very blatant violation of everyone’s right to keep and bear arms in this fed gov report; The FBI repeatedly states “citizens possessing valid firearms permits”. Why the hell did these citizens need a “valid firearm permit”? If they can be given a permit, they can also be denied a permit or have a permit revoked. The real story about these incidents that is good news will be when the report just states “citizens with firearms” period.

    1. The second amendment is the ONLY one that states “Shall not be infringed”.

      It is also the ONLY one you need a permit from the government to exercise.

      Let that sink in.

  6. That’s right, “SCUMBAG” is the rightful term to be applied; and the word “tragedy” should not be used and abused when referring to “CRIMINAL ACTS” by coward punk scumbag MURDERERS like those at Columbine, Sandy Hook and Parkland; (didn’t include Las Vegas due to insufficient data). The Titanic sinking was a “TRAGEDY.”

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