What Can We Do About Mass Shootings in Small Communities

By Tanner Jones

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Mass shootings are not just a problem for larger communities.

This is Tanner Jones with today's Daily Action.

Mass shootings are not just a problem for larger communities. Here are some stats about gun violence this year.

According to GunViolenceArchive.org, as of June 7th 2018...

  • There have been 113 mass shootings in the United States.
  • 20 of those mass shootings happened in towns with populations under 10,000.
  • 10 of the mass shootings happened in towns with populations under 3,000.
  • 8 of those mass shootings in small towns were in public places... bars, cafes, car washes and schools.

This is a problem no one thinks they'll ever deal with personally. And yet stats says that by the end of the year there will be 30 more mayors, town administrators and police chiefs scrambling to keep their communities together.

What does this mean for the elected officials and government employees of smaller communities? What actions can we take today?

  1. First, start with yourself. Educate yourself and your departments on active shooter emergency preparedness. City employees and public officials interface with the public at large, and while every citizen should be prepared, people who (A) are well-known and sometimes controversial (elected officials) or people who (B) regularly meet with many people who are frustrated (city employees), can find themselves on the front lines of crazy. Ready.gov is an excellent resource to start with.
  2. Train your police force. The Department of Justice has partnered with Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center training on active shooter situations.
  3. Work with community leaders. In a smaller town, the number of places for an active shooter situation is limited. Talk to business and religious leaders about educating their employees and church members about active shooter situations.

We'll have links at the end of this video or below to resources like GunViolenceArchive.org and Ready.gov for you to visit. We also invite you to subscribe if you'd like more information, we'll be covering each of those daily actions in more detail in the future, diving into questions like, 'How do I customize the resources on Ready.gov to my town', or 'A checklist to follow when reaching out to community leaders about emergency preparedness'. Please subscribe so you don't miss out.

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