Mass Shootings in 2020 A Year In Review

For industry experts, 2020 was a sobering dose of reality. Not that we don't already understand that there is a real issue facing Americans regarding mass shootings in the United States, we do.  However, 2020 was even more startling than even we could anticipate.  2020 shattered the statistics with the most recorded mass shooting incidents ever recorded in one single year.

As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the United States, this shooting epidemic is surging at a frightening rate. Most other types of crime fell during the initial phases of the pandemic, but gun violence increased and mass shootings in particular continue to spiral out of control. There are a lot of issues  distracting the public’s attention right now, but this topic is one we are passionate about and work tirelessly to help with.

Often when people discuss mass shootings, they only focus on the number of people killed, but that overlooks the massive public toll that nonfatal shootings have on the lives of victims and the loved-ones of victims. To better take that into account, we define mass shootings as incidents in which four or more people are shot, excluding the shooter.  In a time when many are demanding we defund the police or re-imagine policing in general, it becomes even more concerning to see mass shootings on such a steep rise across the United States.

The Gun Violence Archive Recap of 2020

The chart below outlines some grim statistics relating to gun violence in America in 2020.  There were 612 mass shootings in 2020, that represents a nearly 47% increase from 2019. Keep in mind, this rapid increase happened in a year where most of the country was under some form of lockdown or stay-at-home order for large portions of the year.  In a year when we were interacting less with the general public, nearly 47% more mass shootings occurred.

What does this tell us? As tensions continue to rise across America, we must consider what we can do to mitigate loss of life - especially since tensions are not decreasing, but are actually INCREASING steadily.

Mass Shootings in 2020 Stats Recap

Mass Shooting Incidents By State 2020

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The chart below lines out the number of mass shootings in the United States broken down by state.  Out of all the states in the U.S., only SEVEN did not have a mass shooting incident in 2020.  Only Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wyoming were spared an incident.  All other 43 states and the District of Columbia (DC) were not so lucky.

Mass Shooting Incidents By State in 2020 Chart

Top Six States with the Most Mass Shootings in 2020

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When we take a look at incidents, there were six states that stand out regarding the number of incidents plaguing its citizens.  Illinois is especially concerning as the number of mass shootings there nearly doubled the number of the next most volatile states.  

Top Six States with the Most Mass Shootings in 2020 Chart

In addition, here is the breakdown of deaths and injuries that occurred in each of these top six states in 2020.

  • Illinois - 42 Deaths and 301 Injuries
  • California - 37 Deaths and 153 Injuries
  • New York - 22 Deaths and 177 Injuries
  • Florida - 26 Deaths and 133 Injuries
  • Pennsylvania - 16 Deaths and 138 Injuries
  • Texas - 37 Deaths and 124 Injuries

Deaths and Injuries Occurring in Mass Shootings 2020

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In 2020, 510 people lost their lives in mass shootings, and 2,548 people were injured.  How many lives could have been saved or injuries avoided with faster response times from law enforcement?  While many mass shootings are in private locations where the incident is over nearly immediately after it begins, there are also many in which lives could have been saved had first responders had faster and more reliable information.  The more information law enforcement has and the faster and more accurately they receive it can be a matter of life and death for schools and businesses across the United States.

Deaths and Injuries Occurring in Mass Shootings 2020 Pie Chart

How Can ASR Alert Systems Help?

ASR Alert Notification Button Options

ASR offers the best critical incident response technology solution in the industry. Our reliable and redundant methods of alerting persons who are in danger, as well as providing the fastest notification to law enforcement by communicating directly with police dispatch are not matched.  Our patented critical incident response technology uses hard-mounted buttons, mobile pendants and a mobile phone application to DIRECTLY communicate with first responders in the area to significantly decrease response times to an active threat or crisis situation.

ASR Alert Systems is a state-of-the-art patented critical incident response technology specializing in the field of threat alert notifications to local Law Enforcement and First Responders in the event of a crisis. The threat notification capabilities include Active Shooter/Assailant, Medical Emergencies, Severe Weather, and more. Our team of professionals has diverse experience in Security, Law Enforcement, and Special Operations Military. ASR has melded these capabilities for use in both the public and private sectors.  Here is how it works.

  1. Emergency Presented - An emergency or threat presents itself.  Immediate action is needed to tend to the situation at hand as the clock is ticking.
  2. System Is Activated - The ASR Alert System (critical incident response technology) is activated via one of the stationary wall-mounted activation points, mobile pendant lanyards or ASR APP. Sirens and strobes are initiated to alert personnel and to disorient the active shooter/assailant.
  3. Instant Alerts Begin DIRECT to LAW ENFORCEMENT or Internal Responders - Upon initiation, all personnel within the organization, as well as local law enforcement (police button only), will receive immediate emergency alerts via text and email notifications. Our critical incident response technology is the trigger to initiate life-saving response.
  4. Quick Response - The nearest law enforcement personnel (police button) will be able to move quickly to neutralize the threat and tend to the emergency at hand. The ASR Alert System saves time by providing the exact location of the threat as well as the potential for images from the system cameras.

ASR is wholly dedicated to saving time to save lives, and we approach our critical incident response technology from the perspective of those responding to crisis events. Communicating DIRECTLY with first responders is what makes ASR different from every other system on the market, we hold the patent on this technology.

As the United States continues down an obvious mass shooting epidemic crisis path, the propensity for more mass shootings will continue to rise and play out with the loss of many innocent lives.  The fastest route to reducing loss of life in these events is to get law enforcement and first responders on the scene as quickly as possible and with as much life-saving information as possible.  While organizations cannot control the state of the world and its tensions, they can control how they protect themselves and those that spend time in their buildings.  We can help. 


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