If you’ve ever attended one of Lt.Col. Dave Grossman’s lectures on active shooter events, you’ve heard his theory that television has, in part, caused the active shooter era. He demonstrates this by showing how active shooter events have moved from being perpetrated at elementary schools, and then into middle schools, followed by high schools and then colleges / universities. The logic of his argument is appealing, however, if you study (as we have in earlier articles) the shootings in elementary schools, they were not perpetrated by students. Most of our early active shooter events, committed on elementary school grounds and targeting children, were perpetrated by adults. While we HAVE seen school shootings perpetrated by children as young as elementary school ages, the correlation of age to television exposure to criminal activity doesn’t seem to hold true.
In this article we’re going to take a look at an active shooter event that occurred on a university campus in 2010. On February 12, 2010, Amy Bishop Anderson shot six people and killed three at a Biology Department meeting she was attending at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where she was a professor.
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The remainder of this article is part of the book "Active Killers and the Crimes They Perpetrated," available in print or ebook via Amazon.