Keeping Your Child Safe in a Killer Infested World


ray-gano-medBy Ray Gano

I have to admit that this was a hard article to write.

We learn in scripture that in the last days perilous times shall come.

Well, I believe that they are here. Just look at the craziness that surrounds us. We have anarchist lunatics taking the streets, burning, vandalizing and now majorly wounding and putting innocent people in the hospital.

I was watching a video of a boy on the school bus getting beat up by a few other boys just because he wore a Make America Great Again hat. And what was bad was that the boy was suspended for several days for being in a fight.

More and more with the desensitizing of our children to the world of violence school shootings have risen in the years. What is the horrible fact is that in many of these school shootings, Christian students have been the target.

Columbine_Shooting_Security_CameraOne of the most know was Rachel Scott who was murdered in the Columbine High School massacre.

Wikipedia’s page dedicated to Rachel Scott states the following…

Rachel Scott was the first individual to be shot in the Columbine High School massacre. She was shot four times while eating lunch with her friend, Richard Castaldo, on the lawn outside the West Entrance of the school. Initially shot in the chest, arm and leg, Rachel was then murdered by a fatal wound to her left temple, reportedly inflicted as she attempted to crawl to safety. Her friend, Richard Castaldo, was himself shot eight times, and permanently paralyzed from his injuries.

Although at least one author questions the actual circumstances surrounding Rachel Scott’s final moments, other sources say Eric Harris approached her as she and Richard Castaldo lay wounded, lifted her head by her hair, and asked her whether she believed in God. She said, “You know I do.” In response, Harris said, “Well, go be with Him” and shot her in the temple. Richard Castaldo (who only survived the attack by feigning death) would recall hearing Rachel weeping as she curled into a ball upon the grass, before hearing a final gunshot as Harris and Klebold approached them.

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More and more of these shootings Christian students are being openly targeted.

Chris Harper Mercer, shot up classes at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. He killed nine people.

News stories appear to show that he singled out Christian students. Survivor and witness to the killings Anastasia Boylan stated that Mercer came up to her and asked her if she was a Christian.

She stated that when she responded to the question with “Yes” …

“He said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second,”

As I said, this is an article that I have been chewing on for some time now. I knew that I had to write it, but something inside me just kept procrastinating.

The reason, I hate what is happening to our children. They are being targeted and killed for their faith.

Thinking to myself, I can continue to procrastinate, or I can do the research and help parents take action and help protect their children as best they are able.

But with so many restrictive rules in schools today, what can parents do?

Best thing that a parent can do is teach your children realistic survival skills for to escape, evade and survive a shooting.

What can they do?

Well if you have not taught / given your child some sort of plan, then bad on you.

First thing that you need to do is put together a “what if”  plan.

Run – Hide – Fight Plan

RUN – You will need to have a basic lay out of your child’s school. Map out with your child to know where all the exits are located in the school. Make things interesting with your child, conduct mental rehearsals.

“Ok Bobby, the bad guy is here (point to a spot on the school map) where is the exit?”

Get your child to think about where the exits are located at all times. Give him / her escape plan and again perform mental rehearsals with them 3-4 times a month. If they are in multiple classrooms throughout the day, discuss different escape routes that your child can take to get out fast.

The key is to have a general idea where the shooter is located and put as much distance between the shooter and your child.

But, if your child does not know where the shooter is, then the next step in the plan is to hide.

HIDE – Using your map of the school, see if you child knows of any closets, libraries, teacher offices, or places that they can crawl under something or behind something and hide.

Talk to your child and discuss the different places that might be a good place to hide. What you want to find out during this discussion is where the best “cover” not just the best concealment is located.

Cover will hide you and protect you from bullets.

Concealment will just hide you, but may not protect you from bullets being fired.

Again using your school map, point out places and talk about if the shooter is here (pointing to the map) where is the best place to hide  and give you the best “cover” out of all the pre-determined hiding spots?

“You want to have as many good hiding spots that the child can get to as quick as possible.

Talk about running and then hiding to put as much distance between them and the shooter. You want your child to think and move.

In these situations your child will have to take charge. Yes this is a lot to put on a child, but you are giving him or her a plan. You are helping to instill a mindset of self-rescue. Your child cannot wait for first-responders – it takes too long. In most of the school shootings the police took on average 10+ minutes to respond. You know how many people can be killed in 10+ minutes?

Talk about also hiding and then running. You want to mix things up and get your child to start thinking about a “what if” plan.

A good decision executed quickly is better than a great one never executed. Violence of action, as we call it in the Spec Ops community, will often change the odds in your child’s favor.

FIGHT – Ok, this one is tough and it depends on the age of your child as well as the age of the shooter.

One of my more favorite classes to teach is the “Tueller Drill.” Basically anyone with a knife that is 20 feet or less away can in most cases over take someone with a holstered gun . This is a fact and there is plenty of data to back it up.

This is where you will really have to trust your child and instill in them a very keen sense of possibly taking on the shooter.

Now, I am NOT advocating that they just run up to the guy and try to attack them, but if they have the chance to take advantage of the situation, say gun jams up, re-loading, distraction or the shooter isn’t paying attention, and they can take the shooter down; then it is a better chance than just sitting there getting shot. The other alternative is getting the heck out of there during one of these sorts of situations.

If running away, what your child needs to remember is that a moving target is extremely hard to hit, even for the well-trained shooter.

Gearing Up Your Child

backpack-armorThis is the part that got me excited and what first prompted me to write this article. I was watching a TV show a while back and they were talking about bullet proof children’s back pack.

Now this is cool and if they had these when our kids were younger, I would have got them for all the kids.

The pack weights approximately 22 ounces more than your regular backpack and they are rated NIJ IIIA. What this means is that these backpacks will stop the following bullets.

  • .22 short
  • .22 long
  • .9mm
  • .45
  • .380
  • .38
  • .44 Magnum

That pretty much covers most weapons that an active shooter will use.

Now, there are several ways that you can go. You purchase an entire backpack with a bullet proof shield or you can just purchase the shield on its own. (shown below)

Personally I would opt to get the shield insert for your backpack. I am picky when it comes to backpacks and I am rough on them. So, I want a really good pack.

Get A Sturdy Computer Back Pack

backpack-tomahawkI personally have a Samsonite Tectonic Large Backpack. This has been with me when I speak at conferences; it has traveled with me to Belize, Costa Rica, Panama and now back to the states. I have literally abused this bag and it just keeps going. As you can see in the picture, I always keep it somewhat packed and ready to go. All I need to do is slip my laptop, kindle, a few other items like my tomahawk / survival knife in it and it is ready to go.

Some nice features is that some of the more critical zippers are ” self-healing”, and another thing is that there are nice back comfort pads all in the right places. The back pads also have channels so that if you are wearing it for a long time, your back still gets some ventilation.

This is one tough bag and I have worn out a few of my other back packs, but this one just keeps going. The quality is great and none of the seams have given out or torn. This has easily weighed at times, over 50 lbs when I had it stuffed full with just about everything I need. The zippers did not pop, and the strap seams held up even when I am swinging it up on my back fully loaded.

ONE Negative, is that there are so many zippered pockets and such that you will lose stuff in this backpack.

This would be a great backpack to get your kids.

The second choice would be Swiss Gear. Both of these are built tough and both have the space to put a Ballistic Shield Insert.

In fact, there is a Swiss Gear Bullet Proof Back Pack that you can purchase together. An average ballistic shield costs around $75 – $80 and the Swiss Gear pack is about the same, maybe a little more. But you can get the bullet proof version for $195.00 give or take a few dollars.

Samsonite Computer Backpack –

Swiss Gear Back Pack and Bullet Shield –

Ballistic Shield Insert –

Put Together a Gun Shot Kit For Your Child’s Back Pack

sport-trauma-kit-webOk, if your child is rather young, then this may not be a good idea. But if your child is older, understands first aid and such, then putting together a gunshot / blow out kit for their back pack could save their lives.

Building Your Gun Shot Kit / First Aid Kit

This is very simple to build.

Pick up the “Trauma Pak Kit with QuikClot” it has everything in one package you need to stop the bleeding, including a simple instruction card that your child can follow.

Other items that I recommend is an Israeli Compression bandage, Tourniquet, and more packets Quick Clot blood clotter. More people die of bleeding out than being shot.

IF you can stop the bleeding, you are giving your child a much higher chance of survival.

Something else that a number of people have told me about is having a small tampon in your gun shot kit. A small tampon can be pushed into the bullet hole and then deployed into the wound. The small size tampon is about the size of a 9 mm to .45 calibur bullet. These are made to stop the bleeding and that is what you have to do. Having a few sanitary pads also are also good for knife wounds, bad cuts and scrapes. Again, these are made to hold blood and can help stop the bleeding. You can use some Gorilla Duct Tape to keep these things in place.

One final item to have in your blow out kit is super glue. You would be amazed at the first aid uses super glue has. It is great at closing up a cut quickly. This is why I always keep it on hand.

quikclot-PZ-But-Out-BagTrauma Pak Kit with QuikClot –

Israeli Compression Bandage –

Military Issue Combat Application Tourniquet –

Quick Clot Blood Clotting Agent –

Super Glue –

Small Roll of Gorilla Duct Tape –

Train Your Children To Use These Items

OK, so let’s say you have got the bullet proof backpack and blow out kit.

Your kids need to know how to use these. That means that you need to train them in their use.

As I mentioned before a moving target is very hard to hit. So the odds are in your child’s favor if he or she has to run away.

Teach your kids to never be without their backpacks and if there is a situation, then make sure that they always take their backpack with them.

If your child is of an age where they can think on their own, again train them to get out of the area as fast as they can. The bullet proof backpack can help protect them with their escape.

As much as I hate to say it, if the teacher tells them to get under their desks and just wait, then there is a chance that your child will be shot. They need to act and act quickly.

This is why it is vital that you put “What If” plans in place, draw up maps of their school, and then you and your kids talk seriously about different situations.

By giving your child a plan, they can then act in a time of emergency. This is all part of the “Fight, Flight or Freeze” instinct we all have.

The human brain will look to run some sort of plan, if it has no plan in place, then it will make one up, which often is freezing or chaotic running, often times right into the path of the shooter.

By giving your child a clear plan and talk to them about it frequently, you are training your child to live instead of being some bump on the log waiting to be shot.


Having some crazy whacked out nut job go into a school and shoot it up has become a real world reality. If you and your kids are Christians then the odds of them being a target have gone up even more.

We need to get real with our children with the day and age that we live in. We need to equip them as best as we can so that they have fighting chance if something like an active shooter coming in and blasting up their school.

By sitting down and talking realistically with your kids, setting up plans, escape routes and meet up points as well as what to do if they encounter the shooter or if they have to apply first aid on themselves or a friend. You are preparing your child for a real world situation.

It is better to have these things in place and not need them, than to need them and not have them in place.

Not having these precautions in place may cost the life of your child.

Think about it, we are talking about what, $200 maybe $225 to give your child that fighting edge to survive.

Is your child worth that?

If I had young kids today, yeah, I would be doing all I could to make sure my kids are safe and best prepared as possible.

Something to think about, not only is this good for your kids, this is also good for you too. Look into putting together a backpack, brief case, computer bag that you can put a bullet proof shield in and put together a blow out kit. You are worth the cost as well.

Stay safe… it is getting pretty crazy out there these days.