In the wake of the recent active shooter incidents in American workplaces, maybe it’s time to take a hard look at the numbers and what they mean:
An FBI Active Shooter Incidents Report shows that almost half of the active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2013 took place in businesses, either open or closed to pedestrian traffic. 73 active shooter incidents took place in places of commerce over a period of 13 years (2000-2013). That’s an average of 5.6 incidents per year. Yet, according to the FBI, over the period of two years (2014-2015), 15 active shooter incidents took place in places of commerce; that an average of 7.5 incidents per year.
Trend analysis tells us that active shooter and other workplace violence acts are increasing and likely to continue to increase in frequency and severity over the coming years, as they have in the past decade. Consequently, there is an urgent need to develop tools to supplement the “run, hide, fight” model offered in most planning manuals. One direction should be away from “primal”, amygdala-controlled behavior of Fight, Flight or Freeze, towards more critically-generated steps designed to use emerging technologies and acquired skills to detect, deter, outsmart, destabilize, and where necessary neutralize a shooter.