On April 15th, Attorney General Eric Holder asked Congress to approve $15 million that can be used to prepare for shooting incidents, which he claims are increasing.
According to The Hill, Holder made the request via a “weekly video message” posted to the Department of Justice website.
Besides asking Congress to okay the funding, Holder said: “As a nation, we must confront this alarming rise and all of its underlying causes–honestly, factually, and without regard for political consequence. We must deal with these incidents whenever they happen–but just as importantly, we must prevent them whenever we can.”
Regarding the $15 million specifically, Holder said: “This critical funding would help the Justice Department ensure that America’s police officers have the tools and guidance they need to effectively respond to active shooter incidents whenever and wherever they arise.”
Holder suggested “active shooting situations” have been on the increase in the United States since 2009. But Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox contends his decades of study show otherwise.
Following the Aurora theater shooting and the attack at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, Fox said the “one not-so-tiny flaw in all these theories for the increase in mass shootings” is “that mass shootings have not increased in number or in overall body count, at least not over the past several decades.”
Moreover, in February 2014 Breitbart News reported that even with the heinous crime at Sandy Hook taken into account, Fox looked at schools specifically and said: “There is no pattern, there is no increase.” He said numbers look elevated because of all the media attention given them.
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