Give in? Not in my nature.
Save those that you can at the expense of your life?
Very noble but not me, outside of my own.
Is that it? Pretty much.
There is another choice.
Take the person who is trying to kill you.
Why? Good question.
For me I would have nothing to lose by trying.
I win, he loses.
He wins, he might of anyway if left to his own devices.
So what can you do seeing as though you’ve no weapons?
It’s VERY RARE there is nothing laying around you can use to defend yourself and others. As for others, you need to see them as an asset NOT a burden as there is strength in numbers.
So what if you are facing a shooter?
Remember, you can’t run or hide and supposedly you aren’t armed.
Question, is distance king in this scenario?
You facing a shooter, with no weapons, aside from what you can knock up if given a chance. You should consider fleeing and taking your chances, attacking relentlessly or, and possibly the worse choice. Putting up your hands and surrendering to them.
However, in an active shooter scenario, their mission is to kill, not make friends.
Still, let’s assume they want you as a hostage. In every common hostage scenario, the hostage taker will always use force and threats to gain your compliance. Don’t panic, do what you are told.
The aggression will probably only last for the first few minutes until you have been subdued to their satisfaction. Watch everything, note everything, and look out for any chance to slip ‘the net’ OR TAKE OUT THE HOSTAGE TAKER.
So, things have sort of settled down.
First thing, identify what you are facing.
Is this a fanatic or terrorism, crime, or a mad person.
In order of danger,
Fanatic and Terrorism go hand in hand.
First point to remember is they will hide behind their fanaticism.
If that is religious, all comments they make will revolve around their religion. If it is an ideology or politics, the same will occur.
They nearly always depersonalize their targets and refer to them in an abstract way. As such there is no him, her, or them. They certainly won’t use a person’s name, engage in eye contact, or make conversation.
THIS IS THE MAJOR BARRIER YOU HAVE TO BREAK DOWN!
Their general aim will be to make publicity and to make demands they expect fulfilled. If necessary they will make a show of force aka killing hostages. They will probably have some degree of training in control and how to supervise you.
Be aware that their end game may be to die a martyrs death taking you with them. If you do decide to take them on, this is an all or nothing scenario.
Terrorists operate in a paramilitary way.
There will be a hierarchy and there is a chance that only a couple of them will have full and detailed training in how to act. Either way, all trained or not, you must take them all out, or at least as many as you can to make an escape. SHOW NO MERCY as fanatics and terrorists will not show mercy to you.
I’m not sure if there is a stereotypical type.
There are ‘indicators’ of possible risk but they aren’t foolproof.
They are however, the most unpredictable sort of hostage taker.
Flaky to start with, even if you manage to build up trust and friendship, they will be operating in an unstable or volatile state.
Worse case, they may be psychopathic or, even worse, a predatory psychopath. Simply put, a predator is the one that does not feel any empathy and killing is just an ordinary thing for him and he does not feel guilt. Worse bit about it is some are also highly intelligent and very situationally aware.
Within this group I will include junkies.
However, someone who has just flipped, or on a trip, is unlikely to have been trained on how to restrain or control you.
Thus they may have weaknesses in the way they do things.
Weaknesses you can exploit.
You may be held for ransom, or as a means to negotiate an escape. If this is the case, it is in their interests to keep you alive.
However, keep in mind that the more desperate the hostage maker gets, or if they are ruthless, or if you have seen their faces, once they get what they want, there is a danger they may eliminate you.
It is unlikely they will have in depth hostage taking training BUT if it is a group that has taken you, someone there will have a greater degree of training. If you need to target just one person, that leadership will be the one to aim for. Only be cautious. Sometimes the leadership will appoint an underling as their mouthpiece. SO MAKE SURE you pick the right person.
You and the control you are under.
Best case scenario is you are NOT restrained i.e. rope, plasti-cuffs or the like. If you are, you need to slip those restraints covertly or, keep nagging the hostage takers to let you go to the toilet and ask that your restraints are undone (or do they want to wipe your butt). After a while, without trouble, they may get slack about rebinding, or bother binding you at all. Only that level of ‘trust’ takes time to engender, and if time is not on your side, SLIP THOSE CUFFS.
If you need medicines, ask for them. If you have a medical condition tell them. They may decide to let you go as being too much work to keep you there. If you need food, water, blankets, whatever, ask politely for what you need. If their cooking is bad, offer to do it for them.
If they keep addressing you by saying “YOU!”, keep telling them your name.
As soon as they use it, ask for theirs as it’s only polite to address another by their name. You need to get them to see you as a person, a human being..
HOWEVER, don’t set yourself up as a spokesperson. They MUST SEE YOU AS A PERSON, an individual, and not leadership.
Finally. If you have no option, you may have to attack. Distance is definitely not an advantage if they are many. YOU NEED TO SWAMP THEM in order to discourage them ‘picking you off’ and taking out their own.
This is not just a man thing, woman must attack as well. It takes DEEP TRAINING OR HARD LIFE CONDITIONING to ignore gender. Use that knowledge.
There is a danger of them putting a gun to another hostage and telling you to stand down or else. DON’T.
If you are armed shoot.
You may have to sacrifice one to save many.
Remember, survival is a selfish act.
You first, yours second, and everyone else comes a poor third.
Beyond that, only you can decide what to do BUT once you are disarmed, they may punish you by shooting the other person and then you to discourage further trouble.
Now all of this may sound a bit ‘pact’ and I’m pretty sure some experienced operators in hostage scenarios will do things differently. However, this is what I was taught by others.