Active Shooter Response { 49 images } Created 7 Aug 2017

Officers from Austin Police Department participate in an Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) course in Leander, Texas. ALERRT is a school that trains law enforcement and civilians to stop an active shooter. Supported with federal funding, ALERRT is the largest school of its kind, and is considered the gold standard in active shooter response training by the FBI. Since it’s founding in 2002, the organization has trained more than 105,000 police officers and 85,000 civilians from across America.

The number of active shootings not related to drug or gang activity has more than tripled since the Columbine School Shooting, from an average of 6.4 per year between 2000 and 2007 to an average of 20 per year in 2014 and 2015, according to the FBI. Data isn’t available for all of 2016, but in June of that year, Omar Mateen killed 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida—the worst act of terror on American soil since 9/11 and the highest number of people killed in an active shooting in the U.S.

But in February of this year President Trump signed a measure repealing an Obama-era law that disallowed gun ownership by people with some mental health conditions, fuelling debate over the link between mental illness and mass murder in the United States.

The rule was originally created in retaliation to the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 students and six teachers were killed by gunshot, and required the Social Security Administration to pass details of individuals with some mental health conditions – approximately 75,000 people initially – to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
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