Expert Refutes FBI Data On ‘Active Shooter Incidents’

A study conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) documenting “active shooter incidents” is “politically biased,” says an expert in the field of firearms and crime.

Last fall, the FBI released a document entitled “A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013.” The study argues there have been 160 active shooter incidents recorded in that time.






These are some of the key facts from the report:

  • An average of 11.4 incidents occurred annually.
  • An average of 6.4 incidents occurred in the first 7 years studied, and an average of 16.4 occurred in the last 7 years.
  • 70 percent of the incidents occurred in either a commerce/business or educational environment
  • Shootings occurred in 40 of 50 states and the District of Columbia
  • 60 percent of the incidents ended before police arrived.

But John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, disagreed with the FBI’s data. “The FBI put out a clearly incorrect set of numbers on public shootings shortly before the November election last year,” Lott told Fox News.

I have been reading FBI reports for 30 years and I have never seen anything like this.It is one thing for the Bureau of Justice Statistics or the National Institute of Justice to put out politically biased studies, but there has always been a Chinese wall separating the FBI raw data collection from political pressures.

Lott released a paper of his own the following month countering the FBI’s findings entitled “The FBI’s Misrepresentation of the Change in Mass Public Shootings.” In the abstract, Lott challenges the annual growth rate of mass shootings, which the report says is 16 percent.

“When a longer period of time is examined (1977 through the first half of 2014),” he writes, “deaths from Mass Public Shootings show only a slight, statistically insignificant, increase – an annual increase of less than one percent.”

The FBI’s misleadingly includes cases that aren’t mass shootings – cases where no one or only one person was killed in a public place. While the FBI assures people that it ‘captured the vast majority of incidents falling within the search criteria,’ their report missed 20 shootings where at least two people were killed in a public place.

“Most of these missing cases took place early on, biasing their results towards showing an increase,” Lott added.

h/t: Fox News

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Obama’s ATF Director Leaving In Wake of Ammo Ban Controversy

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) announced Friday that B. Todd Jones will be stepping down as its director at the end of the month.

President Obama tapped Jones to take the position in 2011 in the aftermath of the Fast and Furious gun running scandal, during which the federal government sold firearms to Mexican gun smugglers. Jones ran the ATF as interim director until he was confirmed by the Senate in 2013. He is credited with bringing some needed reforms and boosting the morale of the bureau during his tenure.

Jones and the ATF became caught up in controversy recently over a proposed ban of M855 ammunition for the AR-15 rifle. The bureau classified the 5.56mm ammunition as “armor-piercing” and intended to criminalize sale of it to the public. A large public outcry followed, which included over 80,000 citizens contacting the agency to comment on the proposed new rule–the vast majority of which were in opposition.

A group of 53 Republican senators wrote Jones earlier this month to add their voice to those opposing the ban as reported by The Hill:

Second Amendment rights require not only access to firearms, but to bullets…If law-abiding gun owners cannot obtain rifle ammunition, or face substantial difficulty in finding ammunition available and at reasonable prices because government entities are banning such ammunition, then the Second Amendment is at risk.”

The ATF backed off the proposed bullet ban the next day.

Jones was the first ever confirmed director of the ATF. He wrote in statement regarding those he led at the ATF and his departure:

I have seen firsthand their extraordinary commitment to combating violent crime, ridding the streets of criminals, and leveraging all available resources to keep our communities safe…I will truly miss leading and working side-by-side with these men and women in their pursuit of ATF’s unique law enforcement and regulatory mission.

Deputy Director Thomas Brandon will take over as acting director upon Jones’ departure. Prior to taking over as deputy director in 2011, he served as a special agent in charge of the Phoenix field division. One of the ATF agents who helped expose Fast and Furious stated in 2012, after Brandon’s appointment to deputy director, that field agents hold him in high regard.

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Lefty ‘Journalist’ Suggests Taking Guns From All White Males


In a series of recent Twitter posts, self-described feminist and political reporter Andrea Grimes offered a controversial approach toward the ostensible goal of reducing gun violence. Her initial post accompanied a link to a biographical article about Ryan Giroux, the suspect in a deadly shooting spree this week in Arizona.

“Suggestion: we don’t have to vaporize all the guns,” Grimes wrote. “Let’s just vaporize white men’s guns.”

Before anyone else had an opportunity to respond, she expounded.

“White guys cannot be trusted to use guns responsibly,” she alleged. “It’s time to stop giving guns to white guys.”

Though she originally claimed there would be no need to “vaporize” every firearm if white males were prohibited from owning them, she later clarified that this step is only the beginning.

“I mean, it’s time to stop giving guns to everybody,” she wrote, “but we can start with the white guys.”

Continuing her diatribe against the specific demographic, Grimes noted the added “bonus” of collecting tears from white men “for research and resource purposes while they line up to surrender their weapons.”



While acknowledging her comments could be construed as biased against both whites and men, she attempted to cut off any such criticism by pointing out that she is “married to a white guy,” implying that it is “literally impossible” for her to be a racist or misandrist.

Her reasoning bears striking similarity to an excuse used by some – and dismissed by many others – to deflect accusations of racism.



h/t: Daily Caller

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Gun Silencer Company Launches #FightTheNoise Movement


A Utah-based company that specializes in manufacturing firearm suppressors has taken its campaign online to “Fight The Noise,” arguing that “guns don’t have to be loud.”

SilencerCo recently initiated the “Fight The Noise” movement. Its objective is to bring better awareness to preserve the hearing of gun enthusiasts and, as they say, “silence the sound.”

We want law­-abiding citizens to have the ability to purchase and own silencers without being subjected to excessive wait times, paperwork, and taxes. We are the silent majority, and it is our time to be heard.

This campaign include the #FightTheNoise movement on Twitter and a video by professional mountain biker Cam Zink:

The company asserted this is a right. “Because accepting hearing­-damaging gunfire as t​he norm ​isn’t right, it isn’t responsible, and with your support, it won’t continue,” the FightTheNoise page said.

We want to bring the laws surrounding silencer ownership into the twenty­-first century and spread the word that yes, silencers are legal. The Suppressed are changing the perception of an industry and leading the revolution with a clear message: Guns don’t have to be loud.​

The American Suppressor Association (ASA) notes 39 states allow its residents to buy and own firearms suppressors. Four of those states, while allowing the ownership of a suppressor, do not permit its use for hunting. Those states are Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, and New Hampshire.

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American Suppressor Association


SilencerCo’s website points out that while a license is not required to purchase a suppressor, a $200 tax is imposed for each one purchased. Here are the requirements for buying and owning a suppressor. You must be:

  • At least 21 years old to buy from a dealer
  • At least 18 years old to buy from an individual
  • At least 18 years old to possess a silencer
  • Be a resident of the United States
  • Be legally able to purchase a firearm
  • Pass a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) background check

h/t: The Blaze

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Anti-Gun Group Sets Up Fake NYC Gun Store To Scare Customers From Buying Guns

States United to Prevent Gun Violence

Gun control group States United to Prevent Gun Violence set up a fake gun shop in New York City stocked with real firearms and accessories to dissuade first time buyers from actually purchasing a firearm. The phony gun salesman told a story about each gun to scare the customers.

This is a .22 caliber six-inch revolver. It’s also a gun that a five-year-old found in his parents’ bedroom. Went down and shot his 9-month-old baby brother with it.

Rather than address the real issue of gun safety, the salesman chose to blame the gun for each tragic story. Every gun had a disturbing tag attached that described its association to a particular mass shooting, homicide, or suicide.

The salesman was not there to help customers choose a firearm for self-defense. A real gun shop has knowledgeable salespeople who want to help customers find the right firearm and accessories to meet their needs. Guns are used every day in America for defensive purposes. Bad guys decide when they want to do bad things. Good people have to be prepared for the unexpected.

Watch the entire video here.

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