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There is a new fear gripping Americans in 2018, and it has nothing to do with Russia, no matter how many times we have to hear Wolf Blitzer butcher his way through a lecture-like monologue about it.

No, the fear we speak of today comes from within our own federal government, in the deep-dark corners of the intelligence community that Americans hoped that they would never need to visit.

Within those dingy abscesses, residing near the filthy core of the FBI, are layers and woven tapestries of deceit and espionage that we understand must exist, but we’ve never wanted them to become such flagrantly offensive maneuvers that we would discuss them over dinner.

Now, as the embattled agency fights off a number of detractors who are aiming to expose the full scope of their imbecilic behavior, FBI top brass are releasing a statement regarding the Second Amendment that has some Americans scratching their heads.

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report released by the FBI in April underlined the necessity of the Second Amendment, pointing out that nearly half of the incidents in which active shooters were confronted by citizens, the incident ended with an armed citizen successfully stopping the shooter.

A total of 50 active shooter incidents occurred in the United States in 2016 and 2017; of those 50, 10 involved the shooters being confronted by citizens. Of those ten, four were stopped by an armed citizen who stopped the shooter. The FBI report states, “Armed and unarmed citizens engaged the shooter in 10 incidents. They safely and successfully ended the shootings in eight of those incidents. Their selfless actions likely saved many lives. The enhanced threat posed by active shooters and the swiftness with which active shooter incidents unfold support the importance of preparation by law enforcement officers and citizens alike.”

As Timothy Hsiao wrote at The Federalist, “What matters is not the risk (or lack thereof) that guns pose to society, but simply whether guns are a reasonable means of self-defense … Like our right to life, our right to defend ourselves is a basic dignity that can’t be defeated just because it might produce a net benefit … The value of firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens should be measured in terms of lives saved or crimes prevented. Not criminals killed.”

The confusion comes not from the facts in the report itself, such as the revelation that armed bystanders had an 80% success rate in ending an active shooting situation.  Rather, the quizzical nature of America’s reaction has to do with the fact that the FBI has actually done something right for once.



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