Reality of Gun Violence

Once again, we’ve seen a tragic and senseless mass murder, this time in Washington D.C. at the Navy Yards. Twelve victims were left dead after Aaron Alexis walked through the building with a sawed-off shotgun picking off targets.

Too often following these horrific events, the knee jerk reaction is to focus on gun control even over how to identify warning signs.
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There is a great deal of talk about active shooters and many security professionals focus on active shooter responses. Certainly, that is a critical part of a comprehensive emergency management plan and from some of these events it is clear that armed security can be a deterrent or stop the attacks before more people are hurt.

It is wise to take a step back from the hype and look at some of the data behind gun violence to keep it in perspective.

According to FBI statistics, less than 10,000 people are killed by firearms each year. That certainly sounds like a very large number. However, that is much less than many other dangers that garner little, if any, attention.

In comparison, look at the data below and think about where the greatest risks actually are.

            From a security perspective, violence is a very real concern. Understanding of risk factors and identification of red flags should be a top priority. However, be careful not to get caught up in the hype. Leave that to the media and politicians.


Eric Smith, CPP is the leading authority on organizational self-defense. He has extensive experience in law enforcement as well as security management. Eric is available for staff education and security awareness training as well as business coaching to help organizations provide safe workplaces. To learn more email Eric at businesskarate dot com.

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