Mass Shootings 2021

Mass Shootings have continued to increase in 2021. The U.S. has averaged more than one mass shooting a day this year, continuing an upward trend since researchers began thoroughly tracking the subject following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Mass Shootings KEY FACTS

There have been 147 mass shootings this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass shooting as when four or more people have been shot or killed, not including the shooter.

The U.S. was wracked by a record high 610 mass shootings in 2020, the most of any year since the organization began tracking the number in 2014.

Mass Shootings increase in 2021. The U.S. has averaged >1 per day this year, What’s Your Plan to reduce casualties? We cover this in our workshops.
Active Shooter Response Plan Training – Learn everything you need to know beyond “Run, Fight and Hide”.

What’s Your Plan?

While there are no guarantees, having an established and practiced plan can greatly increase your odds of survival in an active shooter situation. It is far better than doing absolutely nothing, which is what most people are doing right now. If you think about it, we have a plan for for almost every other kind of emergency we might face. We have a plan for when a hurricane is coming, we have a plan for when a tornado hits, we have a plan for when the fire alarm goes off. Why do so many people and organizations not have a plan when it comes to a gunman entering into a public center and opening fire? What if it’s not a gun the assailant is using?  We cover this in our workshops as well.

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This year, the U.S. is on pace to have 511 mass shootings—more than any year between 2014 and 2019—though mass shootings are historically more likely to occur during the latter half of the year, meaning the rate could increase. 

In 2019, there were 417 mass shootings, up from 337 in 2018. 

Nearly 20,000 Americans died from gun violence in 2020, more than any year in two decades in what was the highest one-year jump in homicides since the U.S. began keeping records in the 20th century, according to the Washington Post, while about 24,000 died by suicide using a gun.

The U.S. is currently on pace for about as many Americans to die from gun violence as last year, with 5,415 killed so far.


On Thursday night, eight people were killed by a gunman at a FedEx facility near Indianapolis International Airport. It was the fifth high-profile mass shooting this year, following shooting sprees in Atlanta; Boulder, Colo.; Orange, Calif. and Rock Hill, S.C


No universally accepted definition for mass shootings currently exists, and the FBI doesn’t track them. It does track mass murders, which it defines as a situation where four or more were killed by gun violence, a bombing or other means. The Gun Violence Archive, like many databases, did not start tracking mass shootings until the increase in high-profile shootings following Sandy Hook. However, other databases, which define “mass shooting” more narrowly, show that the rate has increased in recent years.