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Critics Fault FBI Video On How To Survive Mass Shootings

A newly resurfaced FBI video purportedly training people how to give themselves their best chance of surviving a deadly mass shooting is drawing scorn across the U.S. and abroad, The Guardian reports. In the video, released in 2020, actors portraying everyday Americans explain to viewers ways in which they could at least survive – or, preferably, even stop – a mass shooting once the bullets start flying. "If European countries want to deter brain drain to the U.S., they should just play this FBI video to their soon-to-be graduates,” European tech investor Michael Jackson said on his LinkedIn profile, which has more than 134,000 followers. Jackson, who shared a link to the video, added that the well-documented gun problem in the U.S.– where rates of mass gun violence are much higher than they are in Europe and in many other parts of the world – hurts its standing with tourists and its companies’ prospects of hiring talented employees from overseas.


Another typical reaction to the video came on Twitter from an Oklahoma scholarship foundation leader who wrote: “America is broken. Instead of addressing the cause of the carnage, we’re talking about how to survive a massacre like it’s a damn tornado.” The video resurfaced as the U.S. is on pace to set the record for the highest number of mass killings in recent memory, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive. The site’s data indicated that the country in 2023 was likely to see 60 mass killings involving four or more victims slain. There were 31 mass killings in 2019, 21 in 2020, 28 in 2021 and 36 in 2022. As of Monday morning, there had been at least 224 mass shootings in the U.S. this year, according to the archive, which defines a mass shooting as one in which four or more victims are injured or killed. A civilian's stopping a mass shooter is exceptionally rare, according to Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center. Fewer than 3% of more than 430 active attacks in the U.S. ended with a civilian firing back from 2000 to 2021.

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