Originally posted by Anne
As one of our Sensei said: "If someone points at you with a gun - run away" which in my opinion, too, is the best way to deal with such a situation, although I must admit that the probability to have to make this decision should be far less in Germany than in the US.
Regardless of where you live, you might have a little trouble outrunning a bullet. Dodging them ... well, that's another story.
Regarding a knife attack, I was taught that the attacker to be extra careful with, was the person who attacks with the knife above his head (fist above the head). They're out for the kill, as opposed to just slashing you.