California is one of the country's most politically liberal states — and as it pertains to the Second Amendment, no state places more restrictions on its residents.
So, under the simple logic espoused by many Democratic lawmakers and gun control advocates, California should experience significantly less gun crime than other states, especially conservative ones.
But according to a new report from the FBI, the exact opposite is true when it comes to one specific gun violence statistic in America.
In the report, published this year, the bureau assessed that California led all states in the number of "active shooter incidents" in 2021, accounting for six of the 61 total incidents.
The data may come as a surprise to the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety, which ranked the Golden State number one in the country for "gun law strength."
"California has some of the strongest gun laws in the country and leads the nation in having the most comprehensive system for removing firearms from those who are legally prohibited from having a gun. With Gun Sense Candidate Gavin Newsom as governor, the state has enacted new gun safety legislation," the progressive organization reported.
Among the laws on the books that make California the nation's foremost gun-restrictive state are universal background checks, bans on so-called "assault weapons" and high-capacity magazines, waiting periods for gun purchases, red flag laws, a good-cause requirement to obtain a concealed carry permit, and a number of gun-carry bans on public grounds, according to Breitbart, which first reported the active shooter incident data.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has also recently proposed legislation to raise the minimum age for sales and transfers of firearms and invest state funds into supporting "community violence intervention strategies," Everytown added.
But the FBI active shooter incident report seemed to bolster the need for law-abiding citizens to own and carry guns.
The bureau noted that in 2021, there was an increase in incidents where citizen involvement impacted the shooter's attempts to carry out their carnage, including four incidents where citizens confronted the shooter, thereby ending the incidents.
In order for an incident to be classified as an active shooter incident, the FBI evaluated whether the shooting occurred in a public place, resulted in a mass killing, and whether or not the shooter appeared to target people and not buildings or objects, among other things.
The report also excluded shooting incidents that occurred as the result of self-defense, gang or drug violence, domestic disputes, crossfire, and hostage situations.
Last year, the 61 incidents caused 243 total casualties — killing 103 and wounding 140 — across the nation, and 12 met the definition of a "mass killing" by resulting in three or more deaths.