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A gunman opens fire in your building.
What do you do?

What would you do if someone walked into the building you are in right now and started shooting? Through training programs and public awareness campaigns, law enforcement experts are asking people to consider this question so that they will be prepared to act rather than freeze if the unthinkable happens. Here are the basics of the “Run, Hide, Fight” program created by the Department of Homeland Security, with additional details from active-shooter survival trainers, law enforcement officers and a Special Forces veteran.

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I was inspired to write this post after reading this article from the Art of Manliness and wrote this specifically with mothers of small children in mind.. All other sources are cited below. 

I’ve never been involved in a shooting, nor have my children.

I’m not ex-SWAT or part of a tactical response team.

I didn’t have SEAL training, can’t kill someone with my bare hands, and don’t have a concealed carry permit.

I’m a mom with little kids who goes out in public and wants us to all come home alive.

And I think you are too.

Unfortunately, this is a topic we can’t shy away from or pretend isn’t relevant. I already worry too much, so believe me, this is not a fun exercise. It is, however, a necessary one. This is not a fear mongering post, but it’s a fact today there are more mass shootings than ever before. Taking a few minutes to mentally prepare could be the difference between getting your family to safety or not. It is that simple.

Things that work against us in an active shooter situation

Normalcy bias | Our brains are hard-wired to think things are normal. This is why bystanders and witnesses will stand frozen instead of moving into action. The brain can take a while to adjust to the idea something odd is going on. Instead of gunshots, a person might even think it’s fireworks or a car backfiring (even if you’re inside a building) because that’s still more likely than a shooter (source).

Help is not likely | In this FBI report, nearly 60% of shooter incidents were over before police arrived. In fact, most shootings end in 2 minutes or less. This is why you must know what you’ll do before you get into that situation. You are likely the only person who can save yourself and your children.

Indecision is a bad decision | Many people respond to dangerous situations by freezing. This isn’t because they are stupid or cowardly, but because we are in shock and not mentally prepared. (source)

We operate in a herd mentality | Research has shown that when placed in unknown situations, we’ll follow the lead of anyone who appears to know what they’re doing. In an active shooter situation, this is unhelpful because we’ve already established that the large majority will freeze. The key to survival in an active shooter situation is to act fast.  (source)

The #1 thing that will increase your family’s chance of survival

It’s not locked doors, exit locations, or how fast you run that will determine your chance of survival although those will help. It is knowing what you would do before you ever get into the situation. Like many things in life, it’s about mental preparation.

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General tips for being out with small children

If in doubt, leave quickly | If you walk into an establishment – say a bank or a gas station – and you immediately sense something off, get out. Don’t screw around and second guess yourself, just leave. You can get a fountain drink somewhere else, it isn’t worth it. The more we practice using our discernment, the sharper it becomes.

Make sure your children listen to you | I cannot stress enough that your children need to obey you. If your children don’t mind you, now is the time to fix it.

Have a code word | Create a word your children recognize that signals danger. Danger or emergency are easy and clear. Without being overly scary, teach your children when you use this word they must listen to you carefully and follow your lead.

Practice handling all your kids at once | I have a 4-year-old, 3-year-old, 2-year-old, and an 11-month-old. It would not be easy, but the best way for me to get everyone out of harm’s way quickly is to hold two kids and pull two kids. By holding on to two children’s hands (or their wrists) in one of my hands then using my other arm to secure the youngest two in my arms, I can move/pull them all. It will be hard, cumbersome, and painful for myself and the youngest two, but it’s better than the alternative.

Get very familiar with your baby equipment | If you have a baby carrier, you’re good to go. If you have a child in a stroller, you’ll have to determine if it’d be quicker to take the child out of the stroller and run or to leave them in it and run with the stroller. If there are curbs, sidewalks, roads, and doorways, out of stroller is best. If it’s a straight shot on a flat road, you might try your hand. Either way, be able to quickly release your child from their seat.

Be between the children and danger | Without getting paranoid or going overboard, position yourself and family near walls where danger won’t occur behind you. Being near exits and steering clear of obstacles will allow you to react by putting your children behind (or in front) of you and moving quickly. If you have a stroller or baby equipment, do not go to the back of a restaurant with a small path out.

Basic best practices

Being alone in an active shooting situation will be different than having your children with you, which is the point of this post. That said, the basic principles remain the same. There are essentially three options, and experts agree that your chances of survival increase when you attempt them in this order, as is possible. (video from the FBI on Run, Hide, Fight)

Run > Hide > Fight

Experts agree, hands down, the best thing you can do to increase your family’s chance of survival is to get as far away from the shooter as possible. Even the Department of Homeland Security suggests, “If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises.”

This is logical common sense, and yet… most people do not run. Whether it is normalcy bias, fear, or shock, it’s difficult to say. Knowing in advance the best thing you can do is run will help you react appropriately if you ever find yourself in this devastating situation.

Know your exits on transportation, in a restaurant, or in a larger building. If a shooter is in the front of a store, run towards the back, through the kitchen or employee entrance, and outside. We are programmed those are “keep out” areas, but in an emergency crisis anything goes.

If it is an open area, run in a zig-zag pattern away from the shooter until you can get far enough away or take cover. (Update: If you are a semi-fast runner and holding your children, running as fast as you can straight toward your hiding spot, say behind a car, or your escape route is optimal. If it’s a wide open area with nowhere to hide, zig zag can definitely help, but the goal is always to get as far away as possible from the shooter as fast as possible).

Don’t try to gather your things and don’t stop for others who are not moving. Try to encourage others to follow you, but just go. Emergency responders do the same and though you’d like to show compassion for others who are down, the best chance your children have for survival is to get as far away from the shooter as possible.

Remember, shooting a moving target is difficult even for an experienced shooter. Many mass shooters have little to no experience with guns so if you run fast, zig-zag, and take cover behind things that stop weapons like pillars, vending machines, or bookcases (source) you have a good chance of survival.


If running would require you to be in open air for an extended period of time with your children exposed, you may choose to hide. If it is running or standing still, run. If it’s running or hiding, you’ll have to make a judgment call.

When running isn’t an option because the shooter is blocking the exit or you can’t jump out of a third-floor window, the next best option is to hide. The goal is to be out of the shooter’s view and behind something that will stop bullets. Glass doors, windows, or flimsy structures will not provide safety from bullets. After finding a spot, position yourself in front of your children so there are multiple barriers between the shooter and your children. Think Secret Service here.

Try to hide behind something solid, if possible. If you can go in a room and lock the door, do that. Mass shooters historically look for easy victims, and will not spend an excess amount of time trying to get in a locked room.

If you go into a room and lock the door, immediately barricade the room with whatever you can find. Tables, chairs, dressers, filing cabinets, whatever you can physically move. Turn off the lights, be quiet, and don’t let your cell phone ring. As I mentioned in my article on what every mother needs to know in case of an intruder, don’t answer the door or respond to the shooter. Unless you can confirm it is the authorities, do not open the door.

If the shooter passes you by, and you were able to see this from your hiding spot, make a run for it if the coast is clear. Again, getting as far away as possible from the intruder is always the best idea.


Now, if you have small children with you I don’t suggest this. However, research shows that unarmed bystanders can subdue or chase away an assailant if they are in numbers (source). Even a trained shooter (which most mass shooters are not) would not be able to fend off people from every side. If you have small children with you, fighting would require leaving them unattended which is not acceptable. If running or hiding are not options, other adults in your party may want to engage, but stay close to your kids and shield them.

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Finally, Get off your phone and watch your surroundings

The best thing you can do besides thinking in advance about your plan is to be aware of your surroundings. Don’t walk around on your phone or oblivious to your environment. Everyone involved in the mass shootings thought things were normal until it was too late. Look around you. Observe. Pay attention. Be wise.

I am sending you out like sheep among the wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes, and as innocent as doves. Matthew 10:16


What to do in an active shooter situation

Department of Homeland Security Booklet

FBI video on Run, Hide, and Fight

Herd Mentality

Why people freeze in emergencies

FBI study of active shooter incidents 

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Shawn, it's vigilante season again! However you want to deal with Cruz is up to you, that's your call.

By all means, Wilhelm is more than correct on this one!

Check the history of the NRA. It was, and still is, the "militia", the formal organization of armed (private) citizens prescribed in the second amendment, of which I am undeniably and most assuredly one of them. Not criminals, armed private citizens, armed against criminals. One thing is for sure, if you're waiting for law enforcement to show up and protect anyone, you will almost surely die in the process.

The second amendment is only two sentences, I'm sure you won't have any trouble with it.

If you agree with my position, then join the NRA.

My comment was this. I have experience in schools. I know firearms. Zero teachers or students want police state style schools worse than they already are. 

"Zero teachers or students want police state style schools worse than they already are."

That is your opinion, not based in fact. Don't confuse "police states" with basic security issues. W T F is a police state? Who the hell wants a "police state"? North Korea, Saudi Arabia? If the bank armored delivery or pickup has an armed guard in it's midst, is that a police state bank armored car? Let me ask you another question; Is guarding your money more important than guarding your fucking kids?

Dave , I can understand your position ( up to a point )

But , as a kid , we hated even a hall monitor , let alone

a security guard , or even more some self appointed ,

( ie: personal choice to carry a weapon and authorized

by law ) teacher , principal , or maybe in future janitor ;

We used to fuck with the hall monitor mercilessly...some

kids would not see that person as a possible protector ,

but would challenge them , fuck with them , or try to get

their gun...I can just see the temptation , especially these

days...if I was still in school , I would be one of those kids...

( I was one who tied school doors together with rolls of

dental floss , and pulled fire alarms , and let's just say

there were false bomb threats by a number of kids in my

high school just to get the day off from classes when

there were tests , more than once ( early 1970's )...)

So , really , I do not think anyone carrying guns ( in school )

is a good idea...and if I were a parent , these days , I would

be prepared for my child to be killed , the moment they stepped

out the door...hell , that was the way it was when I was a kid in

the 1950's , and '60's...different circumstances , same 50/50

chance you would die that day...

So I would answer your question :

Don't have no money for any to guard , kid get's killed , yeah life is hard...

Sad to say...but true

To start with this is the saddest post I have ever seen on PS.
Second you and your families protection is your responsibility with the help of laws made by government and law enforcement personal who enforce those laws to the best of their ability, not the other way around.
We here in the U.S have the Right to bear arms and the government has the right to regulate what arms are available to the public.
This is in the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution and has been interpreted by our Supreme Court.
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Here is the amendment as ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, the Secretary of State 1789
(1876), the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that, "The right to bear arms is not granted by the Constitution; neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence" and limited the scope of the Second Amendment's protections to the federal government.
In United States v. Miller (1939), the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment did not protect weapon types not having a "reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia".
 (2008), the Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision that held the amendment protects an individual right to possess and carry firearms.
So yes the government can still make laws that regulate what firearms the general public can own such as any AR as long as they do not infringe on the right of any militia from owning such arms. A militia is not the general public at large even if the NRA wants the people of the U.S to think so.

As for finding yourself and your family in the middle of an "active shooter" situation. Education, make a plan and practice.
Safer schools and public places can be accomplished with technology and some common sense without making more laws.
Blaming mental illness for some asshole shooting down a mass amount of people just stigmatizes people with mental illnesses. Sorry folks but not all mass shooters are mentally ill some of them are just evil nasty people and today those types are in abundance. I know it makes you feel more sane and safe to think that all mass shooters are crazy nut jobs, but that's not reality.
Sandy Hook- nut job, resent Florida shooting- nut job....the rest assholes with AR's that don't need to be available to the general public.
By the way I own I do not own semi auto's because well I'm a better shot than that and had the sense and pride to practice to become a better shot. Where I live in the back woods a gun is a tool to protect yourself from critters both slithers, four legged and two legged.  It's a tool just like a shovel or hammer. It's about time the rest of the U.S realizes that and deal with their self esteem issues instead propping them up with a gun. In my opinion of course. 

"A militia is not the general public at large even if the NRA wants the people of the U.S to think so."

In the second amendment the term "people" shows up, with the term militia. I think it is fair to say the "people" means "the people at large", or "individuals" just as any well organized militia is constitutionally sanctioned. The right to bear arms is not precluded by vague or ambiguous statements pertaining to what the constitution supposedly does not consider..

The second amendment says nothing about states rights to control anything pertaining to fire arms. That is a "Gerry Brown style" lie and myth-interpretation of the tenth amendment. Some rules are pragmatic, such as banning convicted felons. The federal government does not dictate what you can do with a convicted felon. That is a convicted felon, not an armed citizen who is not a convict, and who is subject to the second amendment under normal social pretenses.

Just as the T S A, or the F D A, or the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the federal government lawmaking infrastructure with their heads screwed on straight, based on solid unwaivering interpretation of such simple and uncomplicated precepts as the second amendment, and not some half assed opinionated judge, should have the exclusive task of sanctioning the posession of firearms. But that in itself does not prevent convicted felons from getting hold of a gun. There are a variety or sources for illegally obtained firearms.

So called scholars, or even supreme court judges have had problems clearing their anal canals as they connect to their brains.

("The right to bear arms is not granted by the Constitution; neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence; )

Thank You Adolph! Someone please pass the laxative!

We hear the same kind of idiots claiming the same kind of idiocy today, and it is these rulings you speak of that are often bastardized as "precedent".

In other words, it's not about fair or literate interpretation, it's about some half assed politically motivated and/or social agenda, being dictated by a no name shadow, an "appointee" lurking in federal court, making a unilateral decision, based on his or her own biased and prejudicial excrement.

An AR 15 is no more dangerous than a .22 Anyone who is a good marksman can practice changing magazines, can do the same thing with a semi auto pistol in two minutes, than you can do with an A R in one minute. In fact, using larger rounds of ammunition. You don't own one... fair enough. So you really would not know the difference. This is about personal preference, not opinionated arm chair jurisprudence.

Samantha Bee on the N R A

Scientolic Samantha has a solution to defeating the National Rifle Association: persuade its members to join the Church of Scientology instead.

Why didn't I think of that?

After a month-long hiatus, the late-night comedian returned to Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Wednesday. And she took aim at the NRA, saying the gun group and the Church of Scientology are two very similar, very weird American organizations. The difference is one is armed with assault rifles. The NRA also has a bit more political power, what with half of Washington in its pockets.

(As if Hollywood doesn't)

But when you strip away the politics, Bee argued, the NRA starts looking more and more like a cult.

"Most of us know the NRA as a lobbying group for gun manufacturers," said Bee, "but to its hardcore member it's more than that." The comedian conceded that gun culture and Scientology aren't exactly the same—"for one, Scientology's got way betters songs"—but she highlighted a few key similarities. "Both of these cults are based on fanciful myths," Bee argued. "One says that 75 million years ago an intergalactic warlord nuked billions of people in volcanoes, and then there's the really crazy myth that guns have nothing to do with gun violence."

Bee continued that both organizations have "delusions of grandeur," supporting her argument with an odd video clip of Tom Cruise insisting that Scientology is the only thing that can save the world.

So, in the spirit of making the nation a little safer, Bee suggested that the members of one cult—the NRA—transition to the other, slightly less gun-crazed one. "If any NRA members are hate-watching us right now, there is hope,"


Bee promised, kicking off a special public service announcement to the NRA clip.

"Scientology can fill all the holes in your soul that the NRA currently does," Bee said to the camera with a winning smile. "It will bless you with fear, power fantasies, a creepily ageless leader—and merch!"

"Is Scientology safe? Of course not! It's bonkers!" she continued with a laugh. "But it's like…safer for the rest of us. So if it keeps you from feeling like you need to load up on AR-15s, then hail Xena or whatever!"

She may be right :

But the poster child would have to be Tom Cruise with an AR - 15...

Saying not : "Make My Day" ( aka : Clint Eastwood )

rather "Make Me Money"..."Buy A Gun And Defend

Scientology Today" !


I had catholic priests and nuns to deal with, I hated the sight of them too. That makes you feel like you're in a dungeon. In fact, I was their worst nightmare, outside of school violence. Not your model student by any stretch.

Personally, I don't give a rat's ass what kids hate, or don't.. that's their problem, but when it comes to whining about violent intrusions, doing nothing beyond what is being done in most schools is really the option to keep the intrusions and violence rolling. Leaving the doors open to a violent intrusion makes no sense to me.

If that's what they want, let them have it.

But I get your drift about the possibilities of risk, However, when I use my own experiences as fodder in dealing in self defense, and firearms, what I have realized is that any "officer" or teacher, regardless of what they are hired to monitor, having the use of firearms at their disposal, should be meticulously trained in that kind of situational awareness, not just arming someone and telling them to boot up. Arming them as an option, and not a mandate.

You saw what happened when someone decides to use themselves as a human shield, and again, if that's what they want to do, good for them! Better them, than me.

A standardized training procedure should be maintained, and revisited over time, to keep up with the winds of change, that undoubtedly, will continue to get worse. And there are many school staffers who are doing this. The claim of zero is just nonsense.

In that respect, Cruise might be right.

I don't think Samantha knows her ass from a hole in the ground, from that slit on the other side of her butthole. In Samantha's world, if every woman were a whore, or just a slut, then there would be no need to worry about getting laid.

Triangular rulers , slaps with hands burdened with rings of the lord ,

mother superior penguins , yep , I was there...;)

Now what I think of that :

But Just For You Dave A Mother Superior



Now As Far As Directions To Samantha's World


Turn Left At Convent Avenue


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Ahh, yes, Satan's Little Slaves

Playing that shotgun like a Stradivarius.....

"Mother Superior", one of my favorite movies!

have four grown six grand children, stay away from large public places and return fire


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