Kelly McCann’s message for the world: Active shooters can be stopped! oead his practical advice for martial artistsI then pass it on to everyone you think would benefit if they’re ever confronted with one of these horrible crimesK
Another active shooter situation. More innocent people victimized for reasons that make no sense to rational people. The problem continues, and everyone has social questions regarding what to do about it. Sadly, many times the questions that matter most are left unanswered. obody wants to talk about the use of force in incidents that arise out of use of force. Unfortunately, if you’re unlucky enough to be confronted by one of these horrific situations, you may have to rely on force to end the attack — and save yourself and countless others. 8= =>V4<14R 2 1$ Cathy Lanier, then chief of police for Washington, D.C., made national news when she said on 60 Minutes that ordinary citizens will likely have to intervene in active shooter attacks. (This should be broadened to include mass edged-weapon attacks and the aftermath of vehicular attacks.) At the time, her statement was controversial to some, but her pragmatism was appreciated by many when she pointed out that most attacks are over within five to 10 minutes and police response time normally exceeds that.
The U.S. government’s program of Run-Hide-Fight is simple and to the point. Run when there’s no adverse consequence — when you’re out of line of sight, when the shooter is not between you and an exit, or when there’s no alternative. Hide when you can’t or shouldn’t run — you’re unable to, or the shooter is between you and the exit.
Fight when there’s no alternative.
If you are within two arm lengths of the shooter, maybe more depending on the circumstances, you have no choice but to attack. If the shooter came to kill and you don’t offer any resistance or cause him to try to fend you off, he’ll simply start with you. That’s not a great situation, of course, but there are few alternatives. The following are some guidelines for action.
Stay to the back side of the
shooter’s strong arm. If he’s righthanded, try to get on the outside of his right elbow. Because the arm doesn’t articulate that way, it will be more difficult for him to orient the weapon toward you.
If possible, gain control of the weapon and point it at the ground.
If it’s a pistol, grab the arm with both hands and orient it toward the ground. If it’s a long gun, grab the forend or — yes — the barrel with both hands and get it pointed down. It doesn’t matter if the barrel is hot; nothing matters except controlling the weapon and keeping it aimed in a safe direction.
Yell for help.
That, coupled with the sight of you struggling with an attacker and, it is hoped, wresting control of the weapon away from him, will encourage others to come to your aid. Can you count on this? No, but it’s likely to happen as others sense that the momentum has shifted away from the shooter.
Prevent the shooter from reorienting the weapon.
To do that, stay singularly focused on maintaining control of it. Don’t let overenthusiastic supporters minimize or break your grip on the weapon by not fully understanding how to help. That can make matters worse.
Give verbal direction to people who want to help.
Focus them on making the shooter unconscious. Tell them to hit the back of his head with their fists or anything heavy such as a fire extinguisher or laptop. Just make sure you keep your own head clear of their efforts as you control the weapon. Direct someone else to focus his or her effort on breaking the structures that support the act of shooting — the hand, wrist, elbow, collarbone and shoulder of the attacker — with anything they can find. The logic: If the shooter’s arm doesn’t work, his weapon won’t, either.
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points if you happen to come across another person engaged in such a struggle or if you respond to shouts for help. Use your hammerfist or any improvised bludgeon to repeatedly strike the back of the killer’s head. There’s a reason striking the back of the head is illegal in all combat sports — it’s effective! If you can apply a rearnaked choke without forcing the situation to the ground, which could create a scramble that allows the shooter to break free or reorient the muzzle of his weapon, then choke him unconscious. Check your work, whether you knocked him out with strikes or with a choke. Make sure he’s out.
Before you engage, evaluate what’s going on around you and make sure your actions, although well-intentioned, don’t make matters a whole lot worse. There likely will be only one opportunity to get the job done. Once the shooter is alerted to the reality that some people will absolutely fight back, he’ll probably become more careful — and more efficient at killing.
Obviously, the best time to attack the shooter is when his back is toward you, when you’re on the back side of his strong arm, when he’s reloading or when he’s dealing with a malfunction. But you won’t always get to choose, that’s the hell of it. Just remember that these incidents typically don’t last very long. If you’re suddenly confronted with one, you may have no alternative other than to intervene.
incidents rarely present themselves as the typical “disarming situations” that most martial artists practice. Remember that. Don’t look for the perfect, practiced technique to use. Your heart rate will likely soar to three or four times its resting rate — instantly. As you deal with the resulting duress dysfunction, you’ll still have to act quickly, ruthlessly and with laser focus.
The alternative isn’t acceptable.