I've taken self defense classes and that's what they tell you. Your chances of survival are better if you run away or fight for yourself at the point of contact.<quoted text>
It's gruesome to contemplate but I think it's important for people to think ahead of what they would do in such a moment, when I'm sure all rationality tends to leave you. But I know I'd definitely rather take the chance of being shot in a relatively public place rather than being taken somewhere isolated where awful things would happen to me and THEN I'd get shot. Also, I bet that in most instances, the gun is a threat and the kidnapper is not going to increase his own danger by committing an "unsuccessful" murder. I think if I had to do it over again, I'd tell my kids never to get in a car with a stranger no matter what he says or does.
Also that you should not cooperate to having yourself restrained or tied up under any circumstances - other than if you're being arrested.
There are programs out there for children that teach them coping skills when faced with this type of situation. Clay obviously has strong survival skills and should be encouraged to share his story with other children across the country.