Unfortunately, articles like this are necessary. With the latest shooting in San Bernadino at somewhere we could all find ourselves--work--we need to be prepared to do whatever we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Here, The Art Of Manliness shares with us 3 tops ways we can protect ourselves in the event of an active shooter:
1) Run: At the first sight of an active shooter, run as far away from him/her as possible, going towards an exit. For that reason, TAOM suggests that you are aware of exits wherever you are. They also advise: "As you make your exit, tell others to come along with you. Once you’re out of the danger area, prevent others (except for law enforcement) from entering the premises. When you’re running, keep your hands visible. Law enforcement will be checking you to decide if you’re a threat."
2) Hide: If you're not able to run away from the shooter, the next best thing to do is hide. "If you’re in an office or school building, find a room that has a lockable door. If you can’t lock the door of the room you’re in, barricade it with a table and chairs. You want to make it as hard as possible for the shooter to enter; he’s often looking for easy victims, and will move on rather than bother pushing through the barrier. Turn off the lights in the room and be as quiet as possible. Be sure to put your cell phone on silent. You don’t even want it on vibrate."
3) Fight: If you are unable to either run or hide, TAOM suggests that you fight. "Most civilians don’t think they can take on an active shooter because, well, the shooter has a gun and they likely do not. But here’s the thing: it is possible for unarmed individuals to subdue or chase away an armed shooter. Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone, and Alek Skarlatos — the 3 friends who rushed a terrorist aboard a train to Paris — did it, saving dozens of lives. So did Frank Hall, a football coach who ran down a shooter and chased him out of a high school in Ohio before he could wreak massive carnage."
How to fight? TAOM gives some tips:
"Be aggressive and violent. This isn’t the time for pussy footing. Once you decide to fight, attack with violence and aggression. Alek Skarlatos grabbed the train-bound terrorist’s rifle and pounded him repeatedly in the head with its muzzle...Use lethal force, and don’t stop fighting until you’re dead or the shooter stops moving."
"Control the weapon and then control the shooter. The sooner you can get the weapon out of the shooter’s hands, without endangering others, the better. Once the weapon has been secured, turn your attention to completely containing the perpetrator. Sometimes you’re not going to be in a position to secure the weapon first, so your priority would be to inflict as much violence as possible on the shooter until you can get the gun away from him."
You can find more in-depth information on how to contain a shooter and help as many people be saved as possible here.
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