Report: New FBI Report Highlights Scare Tactics Used By Gun-Control Activists

Report: New FBI Report Highlights Scare Tactics Used By Gun-Control Activists

The Biden administration, led by the president himself, believes that America is confronted with a “gun violence” epidemic – one that necessitates a crackdown on, if not confiscation of, legal firearms. But the conservative website BearingArms.com noted on Friday how anti-gun activists make that case based on a skewed definition of public shootings. They cited President Joe Biden’s own FBI as one source that undermines the narrative popular among liberals. In the report at issue, the FBI outlined the number of “active shooter” incidents that occurred in 2020. The FBI defined such shootings as fitting one or more of the following criteria: Occurring in a public place, at more than one location, not the result of another criminal act, ending in a mass killing, demonstrated “apparent spontaneity” by the shooter, instances where the shooter “appeared to methodically search for potential victims,” or “appeared focused on injury to people, not buildings or objects.” The FBI pointed out that 40 such incidents happened last year, which was up one-third from 2019, but resulted in a lowered number of deaths (down 63 percent) and wounded (down 19 percent) from the year prior. “Although 2020 witnessed the highest rate of active shooter incidents for the period of 2000 to 2020, casualties were significantly lower,” the FBI concluded. COVID-19, the authors speculate, kept people out of gathering sites such as restaurants or theaters, and reduced the opportunity for mass casualty incidents. Still, the FBI pointed out, “2020 did see several national and prominent public […]

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