Active Shooter at a VA hospital in Texas

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  1. JamesMike macrumors demi-god

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  2. colourfastt macrumors 6502a

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    Someone let me know when we have a PASSIVE shooter.
     
  3. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    I think there is an XBox joke in there somewhere.....
     
  4. colourfastt macrumors 6502a

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    No jokes intended ... it's a comment on the rapid devolution of the language.
     
  5. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Yes, and I was thinking about someone lazing on a couch playing Halo.

    Never mind...;)
     
  6. lowendlinux Contributor

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    "An active shooter is defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as "an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearm and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims."[1] Within the last five years, there have been at least 14 prominent, high-casualty producing active shooter incidents."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_shooter

    While it doesn't really go into it active shooter tend to be moving from target to target vs. going in shooting someone then grabbing a person and negotiating, barricading themselves in or sniping.

    I agree though there is no such thing as a passive shooter
     
  7. vrDrew macrumors 65816

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    I think the adjective "active" (as in "active shooter") is intended to indicate that the person is currently engaged in the commission of his (or her) crime. Once the shooter is killed, is taken into custody, flees the scene, or otherwise ceases to be a threat, then they are no longer "active."
     
  8. colourfastt macrumors 6502a

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    If one is shooting, then one is a "shooter"; the "active" is redundant. If one is not shooting but is barricaded or has hostages, then one is an "armed suspect" or "armed intruder". We can attribute "active shooter" to the devolution of the language in the 21st century.
     
  9. aaronvan Suspended

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    "Active shooter" is an important-sounding buzzword(s), that's all.

    However, language is always evolving (not devolving) so at some indefinite point that will become an official noun.
     

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