Mass Shootings: Six Steps to Survival

Examining nearly 60 mass shootings that have occurred in the United States since 1982, this book focuses on the actions taken and decisions made by those who survived these horrific attacks. Armed with this new information, the old axiom “fight or flight” is dispelled or at least modified for this new breed of killer. Fight by yourself and you are almost assuredly going to join the ranks of the victims (if not the overall body count); flee and present a target for the killer or draw his attention, and chances are you will not make it out alive. This book is comprised of vital information gleaned from survivors who have successfully endured some of the most tragic and violent incidents in US history over the past 40 years. Mass Shootings: Six Steps to Survival presents an easy-to-understand model for every citizen of nearly any age. Armed with this vital information, citizens will be able to learn from the actual experiences of mass shooting survivors and understand both successful and unsuccessful tactics which have been utilized by these individuals.

How would I respond to a heavily-armed gunman who is determined to kill as many people as possible? What would I do if I were caught in the wrong place at the wrong time: in a crowded movie theater, at a popular concert, out celebrating at a city festival, or simply eating lunch with my child at school?

What do I do?  Do I have the knowledge and skills necessary to survive an attack? How do I save myself and help others?

All of these questions and more are answered in Mass Shootings: Six Steps to Survival -

Mass Shootings is John Matthews' most recent book and focuses on the information and techniques one needs to know in case they find themselves in a mass shooting scenario.

a book written specifically to provide the information and tools necessary to survive a mass shooting or active shooter assault.

Beginning with the basics of escape and how to properly exit a public facility, through the need to find cover, conceal oneself from the offender, and finally to the last resort effort of engagement, the average citizen will learn the six-step ESCAPE Model designed to be utilized in a mass shooting or violent incident.

EXIT

  • AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WHEN SAFE TO DO SO
  • WITHOUT PRESENTING A TARGET FOR THE SHOOTER
  • WITHOUT DRAWING ATTENTION TO YOURSELF

SEEK COVER

  • TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM HARM

CONCEAL Yourself

  • HIDE FROM THE OFFENDER(S)
    • HIDING IN AN OPEN AREA UNDER TABLES AND CHAIRS IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH
    • BE CREATIVE IN FINDING PLACES TO HIDE
    • REMAIN HIDDEN UNTIL RESCUED BY POLICE

ASSESS all alternatives;

  • OFFENDER
  • VICTIM
  • ENVIRONMENT

PRESENT a small target;

  • STAY LOW
  • CRAWL OR RUN IN A CROUCHED POSITION

ENGAGE, only as a last resort.

  • ENGAGE ONLY AS A LAST RESORT
  • ENGAGE WITH MULTIPLE INDIVIDUALS IF POSSIBLE

 

No one ever expects to be involved in a mass shooting. This book illustrates that it can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time.  Mass Shootings: Six Steps to Survival is designed to keep you and your family safe if you find yourself in this all-too-common American occurrence.