New FBI Report: Armed Citizens Stopped Active Shooters in 2021

Unfortunately, these incidents are on the rise, which means carry rights are more important than ever. (Photo: FBI Report)

Good guys with guns do, indeed, stop active shooters.

The FBI’s 2021 report on “active shooter incidents,” which was published this month, indicated that armed private citizens terminated four active shooters.

The FBI defines “active shooter incidents” as “one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.”

There are additional restrictions to the definition. For example, drug violence and gang violence are excluded. To better understand how the FBI defines “active shooter incidents,” consult the full report below.

In a press release, Second Amendment Foundation founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb said this data underscores the need to embrace carry rights under the 2A as these incidents are, unfortunately, on the rise. 

“It is important to acknowledge these citizen first responders, and the countless lives their heroic actions saved,” said. “Truly, these were good guys with guns.”

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“There is one revelation in the report for 2021 that underscores the importance of right-to-carry laws,” Gottlieb noted. “According to the FBI, active shooter data shows an upward trend in such incidents.” 

“People have a right to defend themselves and their loved ones if they are caught in the middle of such mayhem,” he continued. “Unquestionably, in each of the four cases cited by the FBI report, lives were saved.”

In total, there were 61 active shooter incidents last year and all but one of the perps were males. While four of them were slain by armed citizens, 30 were taken into police custody, 14 were killed by law enforcement, one was killed in a vehicle accident, 11 committed suicide and one remains on the loose, per the report, which is embedded below:

“Each year,” said Gottlieb, “there are tens of thousands of cases in which private citizens use firearms in self-defense. The four incidents in which the criminals were killed represent a small but significant part of this larger story. The bottom line is that our Second Amendment rights are just as relevant today as they have ever been.”

SEE ALSO: Good Guy With Gun Attempted to Stop Mass Killer in Buffalo

At a time when the nation is searching for solutions to these attacks in the wake of a racially-motivated shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY, and a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, the subject of armed citizen responders as means to deter and stop these killers must be part of the conversation.

Because the sad reality is evil and deranged men will continue to attempt to take the lives of innocents regardless of what laws are on the books. And when they do, responding swiftly with force, including deadly force, is the optimal way — really the only way — to ensure they stop.

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • The Ghostman June 9, 2022, 1:17 pm

    I’ve put this out several times on Facebook in response to people claiming that citizens carrying firearms doesn’t stop crimes. I’m on Face
    Book under my name Jerry Owens. Come on by and ask for a friend request. If we get together and keep the word out, maybe we can hold back this flood of fake facts and misinformation.

  • Danny O June 3, 2022, 11:58 am

    Where the media getting down on Facebook? If Facebook can monitor people on their web site for political speech and send them to Facebook jail when they step out of line, why cant they monitor these crazy nuts that are on Facebook telling the World what they’re about to do??????? Why hasn’t this been brought up by anyone???

  • Michael Riley June 3, 2022, 9:17 am

    Where is the national coverage on this report and the West Virginia report?????

  • mike kerrigan May 27, 2022, 5:06 pm

    Unless they have metal detectors – figure it out……..

  • 2WarAbnVet May 27, 2022, 12:49 pm

    Nothing makes a criminal, who is bent on havoc, happier than seeing a “No Guns Allowed” sign.

    • Bones May 29, 2022, 10:15 am

      Yea .. wish the criminals would have showed up at your stupid NRA party.. they had that same sign idiot !.. even so called law abiding citizens are law abiding til theyre not .. christian conservatives have all the excuses..just no balls

      • None ya May 30, 2022, 7:32 am

        Letting our kids decide what gender they want to be and feeding or even creating that mindset of the mentally I’ll will definitely help out the problem for the future.

      • Metoo May 30, 2022, 7:47 am

        Was that the NRA’s decision or the event building owners decision?

        • Jerry May 30, 2022, 2:33 pm

          I figgert its the building’s say, there; however, aint everbody gonna showup there be cardcarryin NRA types…..

      • Curtis Haby May 30, 2022, 9:52 am

        They also had security there for the amount of people present.
        Looks like that there are facts you don’t realize.
        Hope this helps you.

      • Andy May 31, 2022, 8:53 am

        Bones you are not accurate, the no guns were only present when Trump and Governor spoke. The showroom floors were Open to guns on premises. So you are not accurately reporting the truth.

        • Hondo May 31, 2022, 12:10 pm

          Well Andy that’s because little boner is sniveling little bitch of a lefty, he like to all big while he’s hiding in mommy’s basement.

      • JR in Louisville June 6, 2022, 5:13 pm

        Bones, is just regurgitating the lies he saw in CNN, where he gets ALL his “knowledge.”
        The whole truth is US Secret Service makes those calls. AND the truth is the no weapons rule ONLY applied to the convention all where speeches were given AND it only applied during the time Gov Abbott and President Trump was there.
        You liberals just are so easily brainwashed when you let CNN and MSDNC do your thinking for you.

  • Fred Csiky May 27, 2022, 12:16 pm

    In all these cases of mass murder the perpetrator seeks out the helpless and unsuspecting.Soon after the anti gun second amendment haters devise laws to create more helpless unsuspecting people.This would make them allies to the perpetrators. More armed sane people is the only deterrent.
    The current administration are life wreckers and murderers.Life was easy when Donald Trump was in charge. Life is horrible now that biden is in.

    • jim May 27, 2022, 2:57 pm

      What an incredibly IGNORANT statement and sentiment to endorse a psychopath, criminal lunatic, racist, misogynist like Trump. Are you awake or at all educated, this man will steal your Democracy since he unquestionably fathoms himself as an AUTOCRAT, like his heroes in Russia, Poland, Hungary, etc. WAKE-UP. no wonder this country is plagued with imbeciles who espouse absurd statements. You will be sorry when Democracy is Gone and idiots like you start complaining….or just following in line on your leash obeying the all-mighty lunatic!
      Absolutely unbelievable that people can be soooo incredibly ignorant!!!

      • uncle freddy May 30, 2022, 12:36 pm

        Jimmy here is the IGNORANT MSM fed nut job. Let’s Go Brandon!

      • Jerry May 30, 2022, 2:57 pm

        Jimmy-me-lad, there are more good things here on earth than are dreamt of in your……..philosophy. For a start, what an incredibly IGNORANT statement to make. We are NOT a democracy; this is a Republic. Futhermore, your assinine declarations about The Donald are of the sort of vile calumny only Them Lefties would cheer. No wonder this country is plagued with embiciles who espouse absurd statements, since it is the democrats who still havent gotten over losing their slaves and so have worked for roundabout 100 years to enslave and population-control the poorly taught youth, from margaret sanger and her acolyte maria montessori on up to hillary and nancy. Absolutely unbelieveable that people can be soooo incredibly ignorant!!! This country has been ill-served by the social democrats who alaign themselves with every other socialist dictator on the planet, against the last greatest bastion of faith and freedom in the world. Thankyou, i will deplorably keep my guns and bible handy. Good day to you!

    • Martin May 30, 2022, 12:48 pm

      Biden is just a puppet for AOC, OMAR and the rest of that anti white american crew. And yet they will be elected over and over again because of their districts. Omar for instance represents about 60 to 80 thousand Somalis in Minneapolis. I just don’t think people who hate America should be able to represent it.

  • Think critically May 27, 2022, 9:22 am

    But do they prevent accidental injury/deaths or suicides? No? Rats.. its almost like we need to have more invasive ways to determine or flag if a person is mentally unfit to access a firearm along with requiring lots of safety training for those who aren’t struggling with mental wellness issues…but for some reason people just can’t seem to do that math in their brains…

    • Thoughtful May 28, 2022, 7:44 am

      No, they do not prevent suicides, nor do they induce suicide. A firearm just makes a suicide ATTEMPT statistically more likely to be successful … doesn’t cause the suicide. Firearms are no different than any other dangerous item……Meaning ANY device that is dangerous and capable of causing injury/death should be treated with the respect.

      • Think critically May 30, 2022, 9:32 am

        Well for now we can restrict access to one particular object by amending HIPAA and allowing licensed professionals to flag the ATF and local law enforcement so individuals with serious mental wellness issues can specifically be denied access (because when struggling with mental health you are NOT likely to give a gun “respect”)…this way the guns can be respected and death rate from guns can be significantly reduced by reducing accidental and suicidal deaths. The only folks afraid of this are people who KNOW they have mental wellness issues of some sort, people who sell guns and need every breathing person in the market to be able to make money off of, and people who no 0 about mental health

  • ed anderson May 27, 2022, 7:18 am


    • Aquaman May 27, 2022, 11:37 am

      99% of the time Whites.
      Are you trying to make a mental issue a racial.

      • Metoo May 30, 2022, 7:50 am

        I believe the problem is in the media. They are always and I mean always quick to point out if a shooter (or criminal of any stripe) is white, but if he/she is other than white and especially black they never mention race of perp.

        • Jerry June 4, 2022, 10:01 pm

          Anybody remember how zimmerman was blasted as a black-hating/hunting jew, until they found out….hes a mexican…then they hinted he was illegal…. the left races to have the story first, never mind the time to get facts straight, somebody else could run the story before you can get it out, we can always….apologise….later if we really hafta

  • Let's go Brandon, FJB May 27, 2022, 6:55 am

    A common denominator for the shootings in the inner cities and other places are: democrat run cities/states and/or gun free zones. Gun free zones need to be eliminated. Responsible citizens should be allowed to carry everywhere. Si Vis Pacem Parabellum.

    • Daron May 27, 2022, 12:14 pm

      Really? Then please explain how Texas has one of the highest gun death rates in the nation. Please stop making this a political issue and work on solving the problem and not the symptom.

      • John L May 28, 2022, 12:24 pm

        Really? TX homicides are average. About half the states have more homicides, half have less. And maybe it’s time we do make it a political issue. Washington D.C. when compared to actual states has a homicide rate of nearly DOUBLE the top two contenders ( LA and MO ). Maybe the elites should clean up their own federal district before enacting sweeping federal laws on the fifty states in the union.

      • Metoo May 30, 2022, 7:51 am

        I’d love to see your stats.

  • SuperG May 25, 2022, 9:00 am

    Decades ago, in a long forgotten UNC, the FBI stated, “In areas where the majority of the citizenry is armed, crime is lower.”

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