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Fast Facts About Mass Shootings in the US
Fast Facts About Mass Shootings in the US

The United States averages one mass shooting per day.

A mass shooting is defined as an event that results in at least four people being injured or killed from gun violence, excluding the shooter. *While some gun-violence tracking agencies argue about the definition of a mass shooting (some do not include incidences where individuals are wounded and not killed), this blog includes any shooting where four or more individuals were injured or killed.

These shootings happen in areas all over the country, from densely populated cities to average-sized communities in middle America. They happen in churches, schools, office buildings, in the home, and in any number of places where people gather.

The shooters and victims include individuals of all backgrounds, socioeconomic classes, religions, races and political ideologies.

The Facts

Even with the random chaos in which these shootings occur, some interesting statistics have emerged. According to Mass Shooting Tracker, all of the shootings that resulted in four or more dead from 2009 to mid-2015 showed the following:

  • 11 percent involved noted signs of mental illness in the gunman from medical, school or legal authorities prior to the attack
  • 57 percent of the cases involved domestic violence
  • 28 percent occurred in public places, while the rest were in private residences
  • Almost all involve just one shooter
  • 25 percent result in the suicide of the shooter at the scene

Shootings throughout the Years

What is interesting about the statistics involving mass shootings is that these incidents have not actually increased that dramatically since the '70s and '80s.

The perceived increase in prevalence stems from the intense 24-hour media coverage they receive and the widespread dissemination of news through the Internet.

The Role of Public Safety Professionals

Regardless of whether these shootings are becoming more frequent, those working in public safety are trained to handle situations involving an active shooter. This training highlights the lengths public safety personnel go to in order to protect and serve their communities.

This dedication to serving the public can be seen with both civilian staff members and sworn officers in agencies all throughout the country.



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