Trapped in a Mass Shooting? Act, Live
- Doesn't the first sentence alone ring alarm bells?
First of all, it use to be those fleeing who were shot, now it's those
The Authorities use to always insist wait for them, you might be killed,
now in all of these recent mass shootings, those that remained are killed.
Something changed in the last 10 years or so, and mass murder profiles
simply do not change like that all on their own.
Note, information that is released immediately is scrubbed and rewritten
or simply disappears and the authorities will not talk about it.
Questioners who ask if psych meds are involved, at personally attacked,
and many an early report show that these people all have been under the
care of s Psychiatrist, who prescribed mind altering meds, and every one
of these mass shooters has had access to guns, when we already have laws
that should have made sure they did NOT have access to them. That is due
to people being elected on those laws and then the funding for the laws
being dropped. Insist on funding laws we have, fight all new laws. Laws do
not protect us.
And last but not least, the Human Gnome doesn't simply change when the
millennium changes. But all Police/Military states rise when the
population is sold a new brand of fear that is shrouded in mystery, it
worked for Old Rome it worked for the Democratic Greece, and it brought
all of them down.
Trapped in a Mass Shooting? Act, Live
By Erica Goode, The New York Times
07 April 13
he speed and deadliness of recent high-profile shootings have prompted
police departments to recommend fleeing, hiding or fighting in the event
of a mass attack, instead of remaining passive and waiting for help.
The shift represents a "sea change," said Chuck Wexler, executive director
of the Police Executive Research Forum, which recently held a meeting in
Washington to discuss shootings like those in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora,
The traditional advice to the public has been "don't get involved, call
911," Mr. Wexler said, adding, "There's a recognition in these active
shooter' situations that there may be a need for citizens to act in a way
that perhaps they haven't been trained for or equipped to deal with."
Mr. Wexler and others noted that the change echoes a transformation in
police procedures that began after the shooting at Columbine High School
in 1999, when some departments began telling officers who arrived first on
a scene to act immediately rather than waiting for backup. Since then, the
approach has become widespread, as a succession of high-profile shootings
across the country has made it clear that no city or town is immune and
that police agencies must be prepared to take an active approach.
"We used to sit outside and set up a perimeter and wait for the SWAT team
to get there," said Michael Dirden, an executive assistant chief of the
Houston Police Department. "Now it's a recognition that time is of the
essence and those initial responders have to go in," he said, adding that
since the Virginia Tech University shooting in 2007, the department has
been training first responders to move in on their own when they encounter
Research on mass shootings over the last decade has bolstered the idea
that people at the scene of an attack have a better chance of survival if
they take an active stance rather than waiting to be rescued by the
police, who in many cases cannot get there fast enough to prevent the loss
In an analysis of 84 such shooting cases in the United States from 2000 to
2010, for example, researchers at Texas State University found that the
average time it took for the police to respond was three minutes.
"But you see that about half the attacks are over before the police get
there, even when they arrive quickly," said J. Pete Blair, director for
research of the university's Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response
Training Center and an author of the research, which is set to be
published in a book this year.
In the absence of a police presence, how victims responded often made the
difference between life and death, Dr. Blair said.
In 16 of the attacks studied by the researchers, civilians were able to
stop the perpetrator, subduing him in 13 cases and shooting him in 3
cases. In other attacks, civilians have obstructed or delayed the gunman
until the police arrived.
As part of the research, Dr. Blair and his colleagues looked at survival
rates and the actions taken by people in classrooms under attack during
the Virginia Tech massacre, in which Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 students and
teachers before killing himself.
In two classrooms, the students and instructors tried to hide or play dead
after Mr. Cho entered. Nearly all were shot, and most died. In a third
classroom, Prof. Liviu Librescu, a Holocaust survivor, told his students
to jump out the second-story window while he tried to hold the classroom
door shut, delaying Mr. Cho from coming in. Professor Librescu was killed,
but many of the students survived, and only three were injured by gunfire.
In another classroom, where the students and teacher blocked the door with
a heavy desk and held it in place, Mr. Cho could not get in, and everyone
"The take-home message is that you're not helpless and the actions you
take matter," Dr. Blair said. "You can help yourself and certainly buy
time for the police to get there."
Kristina Anderson, 26, who was shot three times during the Virginia Tech
attack, said that every situation is different but that she thinks it can
help for people to develop a plan for how they might act if a mass
"Everywhere I go now, I think about exits and doorways and potential
places to hide and things to barricade and fight back with," Ms. Anderson
said. "Some person has to take action and lead."
Two instructional videos, one produced by Houston's Office of Public
Safety and Homeland Security and the other by the University of
Wisconsin's police department, recommend that civilians fight an attacker
if options like escaping or hiding are not available.
Dennis Storemski, a former executive assistant chief in Houston's police
department and director of the public safety office that produced the
video, called "Run. Hide. Fight.," said the decision to produce it emerged
from a realization that while first responders were "fairly well prepared"
to deal with mass shootings, the public was not. The video has received
over two million hits on YouTube, and the office gets requests every day
from other police departments and government agencies that would like to
use it, Mr. Storemski said.
He said initially, the suggestion that victims should fight back as a last
resort stirred some controversy.
"We had a few people that thought that was not a wise idea," Mr. Storemski
said, but that in some cases fighting back might be the only option.
Susan Riseling, chief of police at the University of Wisconsin in Madison,
said the Virginia Tech episode changed her thinking about how to advise
students because it was clear that Mr. Cho had "one goal, and that seemed
to be to kill as many people as possible before ending his life."
The department's video, screened during training sessions around the state
but not available online, tells students to escape or conceal themselves
if possible, but if those options are not available, to fight. In the
video, students are shown throwing a garbage can at an attacker and
charging at him as a group.
"If you're face to face and you know that this person is all about death,
you've got to take some action to fight," Chief Riseling said.
What she worries about most, she said, is that spree shootings are
becoming so common that she suspects people have begun to accept them as a
normal part of life.
"That's the sad part of it," Chief Riseling said. "This should never be