How to Survive a Mass Shooting

Christopher McHale
2 min readNov 9, 2023

Your Top 3 tips if you’re caught in a mass shooting.

Photo by Jay Rembert on Unsplash

A mall. A church. A bowling alley.

It feels like our politicians are paid to leave us in danger.

A schoolroom full of first graders.

In America, we are never safe. Our right to live in safety has been taken from us. What do you do to prepare? How do you respond to a shooter?

  1. Run.

A church, a service, while saying prayers, while singing hymns. It can happen any where, and if it does move fast.

At the first sign of danger run in tbe opposite direction as fast as you can. Don’t stop. Don’t look back. Run.

We live in a country where our Supreme Court needs to decide if a serial abuser has the right to be armed. Yeah, it’s as stupid as that. Run. It’s too insane to stick around.

2. No Rambo

On a sports field, playing softball on a beautiful summer day. In America, a shooter can turn up suddenly.

Do not engage the shooter. This is not an action movie. You’re not trained. And if even if you think you are, the shooter is not worth your life. They won’t get far. Chances are they won’t survive. Chances are they’ll take their own life.

And chances are they’re armed to the teeth because anybody with a credit card can buy as many guns and as many rounds of ammunition as they want in America. They can buy vests, and helmets, and any protection they need.

Protecting the shooter’s rights is a lot more important than protecting Americans.

3. Hide

In a movie theater, maybe a superhero movie with a lot of noise and explosions so you don’t notice the carnage at first. Or a festival, where the band is playing and you’re not sure which way to go when people start to scream.

Drop and don’t move. Find a place to hide and don’t move. No peeking. No checking things out. Don’t. Move. Don’t breathe.

When you buy a ticket in America who knows what you’re buying a ticket to? Our gun laws are about the shooter more than they’re about the concert goer. Or the dancer in a club. Or the people watching a 4th of July parade, waving flags to celebrate their liberty as they fall to the asphalt, dead, a bullet to the head from a shooter on the roof.

Americans are on their own. You have to accept it. It’s just a fact of life in America. The gun industry is big business. They like it just the way it is.

Our danger is good for their business.

Thoughts and prayers, people. That’s all you’ve got.



Christopher McHale

Writer | Composer | Producer | Human | Christopher writes about creativity, culture, technology, music, writing.