Reviews written by Philip Van Cleave:
(Subtitle, “When seconds count, the police are still minutes away”)
Book by Chris Bird : ISBN 978-0-9835901-9-4
Virginia – -(Ammoland.com)-“Surviving a Mass Killer Rampage” takes a detailed look at public mass shootings and how the response to them has changed over time.
The book stresses the importance of eliminating “Gun-Free Zones,” so that armed citizens can defend themselves. The book is well-written and is an easy read.
The book starts with the University of Texas tower shooting in the 1960s, which was stopped with the help of armed citizens and also triggered the beginning of S.W.A.T. teams in law enforcement for addressing any such future events. Later in the book it covers the failure of S.W.A.T in the Columbine High School massacre 30 years later and how that changed the response to public mass shootings yet again.
Public mass shootings where victims successfully fought back are covered, as is special firearms training for teachers in states like Ohio, where they can be authorized to carry on school property.
Bird goes into detail about the teacher training in Ohio.
This is of interest to all of us, as it talks about what to do during an attack: how to tactically clear a room, how to safely disarm a suspect that is down (do NOT KICK his gun away), how to react to the police when they show up, weapons retention during a struggle, how to advance safety in a narrow hallway with panicked people racing towards you, figuring out who to neutralize when entering the area of an ongoing shooting, using cover and concealment, and even how one can respond when unarmed.
The history of public mass shootings and what we have learned from them is important enough. But the tactical training discussed in the book, alone, makes it a book that should be read by those who take self-defense seriously and hope to survive a public mass shooting or other violent attack.