Whether it's a school, place of worship, shopping mall, supermarket, or the workplace, a mass shooting can occur anywhere at any time with little to no warning. During the past seven years there have been 3,123 mass shootings in the United States resulting in 3,316 individuals killed and 13,092 injured.
In order to help reduce the number of mass shooting events, it is important to understand the type of person that may carry out these events and why they happen in the first place. Whether it is ideology or politically motivated, or just someone who is looking for revenge or notoriety.
Characteristics of a Mass Shooter
The majority of mass shooters were involved in troubling behavior, including harassment, bullying, abuse, and possible past violence.
Mass shooters often like to buy, build, or study a variety of guns and illegal explosives. They also might have an assorted collection of other weapons like knives, batons, and other military gear.
Mass shooters usually have an introverted personality. They keep to themselves unless they find someone willing to join their nihilistic cause.
Many mass shooters come from dysfunctional home lives that contribute to their violent behavior.
Most mass shooters don't have the desire or ability to live ethically and lack a guilty conscience. They might have a history of killing wild animals or even family pets just for fun.
Stages of a mass shooter
Mass shooting events are not spontaneous, they are often well-planned out weeks or months in advance, and in many cases the shooter will engage in behaviors that can signal impending violence. While some of these behaviors are intentionally concealed, others are observable and if recognized and reported it may help prevent an attack.What to look for
The vast majority of organizations across the country recognize the possibility of an active shooter event occurring at their location. However sadly very few of them prepare for such an event. There are many things an organization can do to mitigate the threat of an active shooter or active assailant.
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