The FBI recently completed their 20-year report of active shooter incidents, which took place between 2000 and 2019. The total number of incidents add up to 333 for the 20-year period. It’s important to note that the FBI defines an “active shooter” as “one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area. Implicit in this definition is the shooter’s use of one or more firearms. The “active” aspect of the definition inherently implies the ongoing nature of the incidents, and thus the potential for the response to affect the outcome.” In this article we’ll be taking a look at the most relevant and useful data taken from the FBI’s 35-page report as it relates to personal safety and body armor.
All data for this article can be found in the FBI active shooter incidents 20-year review.
Active shooter incidents have unfortunately become an increasingly common occurrence in news headlines. To get the elephant out of the room, we believe that this reporting should never be a reflection on law abiding gun owners or used as a political tool to dismantle second amendment rights. We can however, look for patterns in the methods used by deranged killers to determine how to best protect ourselves and our loved ones. The first chart below gives a general summary of the 20-year report. One interesting takeaway is that the FBI is actively monitoring the number of shooters who wore body armor during an incident (16 shooters or 4%). It’s also important to note that 195 out of 345 active shooters (or 56%) leave the crime scene in a body bag. This means that should you find yourself confronted by an active shooter, there is a little better than a fifty-fifty chance that you’re dealing with a criminal that isn’t going to be subdued by calm and rational discussion. According to the FBI, these numbers do not include gang violence, drug violence, domestic violence or hostage situations (see most recent report here).