Mass murderers, spurred by lust for publicity from an American media that seems to dance in the blood of the innocent, have done more to bring down hate on legitimate gun owners than any other focal point. It is important to understand them if we hope to prevent further such horrors.
The FBI recently published its survey of those twisted creatures, unfortunately titled “A Study of Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters in the United States Between 2000 and 2013.” I say “unfortunately titled” because, in the circles of advanced police firearms and deadly force trainers in which I travel, that term has given way to “Active Killers” or “Active Mass Murderers.” In plain English, the regular hunter or target shooting hobbyist is an “active shooter.”
You can find the study here.
Reading through the lens of common sense, it becomes apparent that waiting periods and universal background checks would have done little to keep these sickos from obtaining the weapons they used to commit their heinous crimes.
It is significant that prior to their attacks, a huge number of them had sent up red flags. Those who saw those flags did not act upon them as they should have.
Those of us who have followed such things in the years since those within the scope of the FBI study have seen that pattern continue.