Video: Run, Hide, Fight: Surviving an Active Shooter

“Can you survive a shooting in a public place?”

After the recent shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., the city of Houston has released a how-to video on surviving a shooter event. Run if a safe path is available. Always try and escape or evacuate even if others insist on staying. Encourage others to leave with you but don’t let the indecision of others slow down your own effort to escape. Once you are out of the line of fire, try to prevent others from walking into the danger zone and call 9-1-1. If you can’t get out safely, find a place to hide. When hiding, turn out lights, remember to lock doors and silence your ringer and vibration mode on your cell phone As a last resort, working together or alone, act with aggression, use improvised weapons and fight…



  1. Keith E. McInnis says:

    You aren’t going to negotiate with an active shooter. Fighting is a crucial last resort. There is still a lot of garbage talk that you shouldn’t resist a violent assault…that is crap talk. Whether you are the victim of a one-on-one attack, or in a targeted group, fighting back must be on your list. When the request is to physically harm you or remove you from the immediate area the fight is on and should be fast, effective and maximize your opportunity to escape. This ‘check list’ of 1) Escape 2) Hide 3) Fight is really a loop. You may go through all three more than once.

  2. What Keith said. As martial artist, we are the watchdogs. These are the times we are in, and Budo must address it.

  3. Joe Peterson says:

    The video really provides more opportunity for debate gun laws than providing comprehensive and sound safety procedures.

    I don’t think the public or organizations concerned with public safety have a lot of experience with these type of situations. The infrequency of such events, the uniqueness of person’s personalities, methods and modes vary greatly, and the varying time victims have due to be taken by surprise, all makes it difficult to plan for these type of horrific events. I think we can be more alert, reacting and not making assumptions when something strange happens is a concern that means danger. 

    The video I think is more of way to address over reacting public’s fears, the upside it does bring attention to a world that is becoming more dangerous, therefore, we must be more vigilant to such crimes. 

At this point this video provides a platform for continued debate over gun laws at least in the US. The video can be used to support the calling for less gun regulation, especially in public places, like the office. If employees are allowed to have gun at the office if an attacked by a mass murdering sociopath armed to the hilt they have a better change of survival and stopping the bad guy. Houston, Texas where the film was made allows for people to have a licensed concealed handgun, with restrictions for some public buildings. I understand it would look bad and not all states have the same gun laws, if they show people shooting the bad guy down. It would probably more likely than other scenarios, if the work place allowed employees to carry. Due to current events in Colorado and the fear it generated among the public, it could justify more states leaning toward pro conceal and carry laws.

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