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Examining nearly 60 mass shootings that have occurred in the United States since 1982, this book focuses on the actions taken and decisions made by those who survived these horrific attacks. Armed with this new information, the old axiom "fight or flight" is dispelled or at least modified for this new breed of killer. Fight by yourself and you are almost assuredly going to join the ranks of the victims if not the overall body count; flee and present a target for the killer or draw his attention, and chances are you will not make it out alive. This book is comprised of vital information gleaned from survivors who have successfully endured some of the most tragic and violent incidents in US history over the past 40 years. Mass Shootings: Six Steps to Survival presents an easy-to-understand model for every citizen of nearly any age. Armed with this vital information, citizens will be able to learn from the actual experiences of mass shooting survivors and understand both successful and unsuccessful tactics which have been utilized by these individuals in past incidents. How would I respond to a heavily-armed gunman who is determined to kill as many people as possible? What would I do if I were caught in the wrong place at the wrong time: in a crowded movie theater, at a popular concert, out celebrating at a city festival, or simply eating lunch with my child at school? What do I do? Do I have the knowledge and skills necessary to survive an attack? How do I save myself and help others? All of these questions and more are answered in Mass Shootings: Six Steps to Survival, a book written specifically to provide the information and tools necessary to survive a mass shooting or active shooter assault.
John Matthews is the Executive Director of the Community Safety Institute (CSI) and an Assistant Chief Deputy Constable for the Dallas Country Constable"s Office Precinct #1. Matthews has developed over 100 law enforcement and public safety initiatives for government agencies including the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Domestic Preparedness, Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Department of Transportation.
Matthews has been in law enforcement for nearly 30 'years and is a Master Police Officer and certified law enforcement instructor. With Bachelorzs and Master's degrees in Administrative Management and an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate, he is nationally recognized for his work in law enforcement and school safety. While working with the Dallas Police Department, he was named Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer and was awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the Texas State Senate. He also received numerous departmental awards including Certificate of Merit, Life Saving Award, Certificate of Civic Achievement, and the Police Commendation.
John is an award-winning writer, photographer, and author of five books including The Eyeball Killer, a true crime Book of the Month and firsthand account of his capture of Dallas' only serial killer. His books School Safety 101 and Neighborhood Watch 101 focus on making our communities safer and have been the cornerstones of training programs for thousands of law enforcement officers, educators, and their community stakeholders. He has been honored as a keynote speaker at education and law enforcement conferences around the country.
John hosted a popular safety segment on FOX-4 television and for three years was a talk show host on KRLD/CBS and the Texas State Network where he still makes guest appearances. Media appearances include NBC Nightly News, FOX News Channel, Leeza, The O'Reilly Report, Good Morning New York, Good Morning Texas, Law Enforcement Television Network, A Current Affair, Good Day Dallas, and scores of local ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC television and radio affiliates. John's serial killer story has been featured on numerous television shows, and he served as co-writer and host for the pilot television show RANGERS.