We hear a lot about the Run/Hide/Fight mentality but we must recognize that it’s not a hard and fast rule. Hi everyone. This is John with today’s Active Self Protection lesson from the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington. It’s surveillance video of the deadly shooting rampage that happened there recently that teaches us some important lessons about how Run/Hide/Fight works, about some of the most effective strategies for getting out of the danger zone against a mass shooter, and about how sometimes those strategies don’t work. So our murderer now walks into the mall armed with a Ruger 10/22 and he is just going to look for the maximum number of victims that he can get before he runs out of ammo or someone stops him. And you can see him stalking here, looking for his first victim. And, the first one that he finds unfortunately, here she is, is a sixteen year old girl. And you see him come up and get on target, and that’s why we say you gotta be aware of what’s going on around ya, and see what happens around ya so you can respond instantly. I don’t blame her for not. That’s an odd thing to see in the mall. We see it from her perspective here, that she just gets a second or two to see what’s going on to try to flinch. To get away. To get down. And unfortunately she does not do that here. And so he is going to put several shots in her, and a .22 we don’t say is an optimum defensive round. But we do know that it is absolutely lethal, and it does so here. Here we see a different approach. We see these girls here, hear the shooting go on, and they instantly get down, if you notice. They get out of his line of sight, and then they get around into to some concealment. And that’s incredibly important because getting out of the line of sight is what’ll keep that bad guy from seeing you. And because he doesn’t see them here the concealment here works every bit as well as cover. They got down out of his line of sight and then they got behind something that he could not see them. So, they couldn’t run so they hid for the moment. But in that Run/Hide/Fight mentality they didn’t just get married to their concealment. The second that they could run, they ran. You know, we talk about Run/Hide/Fight your first choice is to run. As soon as they could they got away from their cover, their concealment and ran. This man, on the other hand, sixty-one year old victim here and unfortunately he stayed up, he didn’t get down, and get out of the line of sight, and because of that you know, you could probably outrun somebody with a pistol, but with a rifle, it’s much harder and so this guy gets shot multiple times as well because he wasn’t able to get out of the danger zone. You can’t get out and away from there, you gotta get down and get behind some kind of concealment. You know we talk about Run/Hide/Fight, there’s a reason we put fight at the end. It’s your last choice unless you’re really trained to do so. But you gotta be willing to do so. Here we’re going to see people running and they’re getting out of the danger zone, but now we’re going to see these three people, a fifty-two year old clerk, a sixty-four year old woman, and her ninety-four year old or ninety-five year old mother who are going to hide here. They can’t run, I don’t blame a ninety-five year old woman for not being able to run. So they hide, but when the hide doesn’t work, you’ve gotta be willing to fight. And the reason for that is what we see here as this guy finds them, and so they don’t have any other answers and he is going to shoot and kill this clerk hiding behind her makeup case see these two women crouching for their lives, and murder both of them. And now these people have lost their lives, there’s no worst outcome that they could possibly have. So that’s why we say, if you can’t run, you cannot hide you fight with everything you have, because there are absolutely no other ways. Of course, if either of them, or any of them had been armed, this would have been a very different outcome. So now we see the guy put his gun down Why? Think he ran out of ammunition. And so he’s just gonna run off. And this one is terrible, folks. This man has been caught, was caught several days later, charged with five counts of murder. So we see here the reason we talk about that Run/Hide/Fight mentality. Run if you possibly can, get out of the danger zone. If you cannot run, get low, get behind cover, and hide. If you cannot run and you cannot hide, you must fight with everything you have to protect your live and to protect everyone around you.