According to FBI crime statistics and the bureau’s recent study on “active shooter” incidents (ACIs) in the US, far more people are murdered with fire than are killed in mass shootings.
Moreover, the number of people killed each year with “personal weapons,” such as “feet” and “fists,” nearly eclipses the number of people killed in mass shootings.
On September 24, the FBI released their study on ACIs showing 418 deaths in mass shootings–or “mass killings”–from 2000 to 2013. On paper, that works out to an average of 29.8 murders in mass shootings each year for those 14 years. But FBI crime stats for murder by other means show that the gap between those killed in mass shootings and those killed with more rudimentary weapons is staggering.
For example, the stats show 580 murders committed with fire from 2006 through 2011 alone. That’s 162 more murders by fire in six years than the total number of murders via mass shooters for the 14-year period studied by the FBI.
Moreover, there were 4,873 murders committed with “personal weapons” like “feet” and “fists” and 10,769 murders committed with “knives and cutting instruments” from 2006 through 2011 alone. That is an average of 812 persons killed each of those years with weapons like “feet” and “fists” and an average of 1,794.8 stabbed to death annually during that same period.
But The New York Times’ headline on September 24 read: “FBI Confirms Sharp Rise in Mass Shootings Since 2000.”
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