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Mass shootings on rise in US, says FBI report

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5895 (Published 26 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5895
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Mass shootings have risen markedly in the United States over the past 15 years, from an annual average of 6.4 a year between 2000 and 2006 to 16.4 a year between 2007 and 2013, says a new report by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.1

“This trend reinforces the need to remain vigilant regarding prevention efforts and for law enforcement to aggressively train to better respond to—and help communities recover from—active shooter incidents,” the report said. “Active shooter incidents” are shootings during which there is time for either citizens or law enforcement personnel to intervene.

The purpose of the study was to …

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