A mall. A church. A nightclub. These are now what we know as "soft targets." Not that long ago soft target was one just a term used by military, federal or police operations. But it's, sadly, entered everyday terminology. These soft targets are considered any public place where security is limited and are potentially populated by a high number of victims.
"Active shooter" is another head-shaker in today's lexicon: Its definition is someone with a gun or guns, trying to kill as many people as possible — a mass shooting. And these shootings seem to be happening more often in the U.S., and in places that are considered safe. A movie theater. A sporting event. A music festival.
And that's where the latest shooter took aim. He booked a hotel room in Las Vegas overlooking the Route 91 Harvest festival, and killed 58 people and injured hundreds more on Oct. 1, 2017 in what was apparently a methodically designed plan.
Even though the chances of dying in a mass shooting (a shooting where four or more are killed at once) are low — just one in 15,325 according to a data analysis by Business Insider — staying vigilant when visiting these so-called soft targets, especially if the unthinkable happens, could save your life.