WASHINGTON, D.C. - From Columbine to Sandy Hook, the tragic slaughter of groups of people is hard to fathom. And while we seem desensitized, the numbers may shake you back to reality. Since 2000, active shooters have killed 486 people and left an additional 557 wounded.
The incidents are on this rise, up this decade according to a study the FBI released on active shooter incidents from 2000 to 2013.
The first half of the study showed an average of 6.4 incidents a year, the last seven years averaged 16.4 incidents a year. That`s a 156% increase!
If you find yourself in a scary situation like these, then there are things you can do to try to make it out alive. Malvin Traylor, defensive tactics specialist with DGCFS, says the three main things to focus on are: finding cover or concealment, being aware of entrances and exits, and controlling the fear that comes with a fight or flight response in intense situations.
Keeping your wits about you in a crisis can save your life. Now if only some of these shooters had their wits intact, we'd all be safer.