Surviving a Shooting

Another mass shooting. This time in Thousand Oaks, California, a community that until now had annually been listed as one of the safest cities in the United States. Located approximately 40 miles from Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks has a population of of about 130,000 people. An Afghanistan combat veteran killed 12 people at Borderline Bar & Grill. He shot a security guard outside the bar and then went inside, threw a smoke bomb and shot employees, patrons, and a responding veteran sheriff’s deputy.

This shooting came after 17 students and teachers were shot and killed at a high school in Parkland, Florida, nine months ago, and 11 people were shot at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, to name just a few of the recent shootings.

My heart goes out to the people killed and their families and friends, as well as to the survivors.

Several of the survivors said that they had also been at the outdoor music festival in Las Vegas when a man killed 58 people shooting at them from a window of a hotel.

Fortunately, some of the young people at Borderline Bar & Grill survived because they acted quickly to escape. Unfortunately, mass shootings have almost become normalized in this country where guns, including assault weapons, are so readily available.

Surviving a shooting has become part of comprehensive self-defense. There are a lot of resources out there. Some are better than others.

An excellent book on how to increase your chances of surviving a shooting is Alain Burrese’s 2018 book, Survive a Shooting - Strategies to Survive Active Shooters and Terrorist Attacks. The self-defense method Alain teaches is: Escape, Deny, Attack Back. As all of Alain’s materials, this book provides solid information and realistic options.

Comprehensive as well as pragmatic, Alain’s book contains survival strategies that could save your life. I highly recommend it.

You can call Alain Burrese at 406-544-7410 or at to set up a course for your organization.

I hope that you will never be in a shooting, and that you will never have to use the information.

Brigitte Schulze