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pr_capone 01-31-2013 12:34 PM

The answer to gun violence is not more guns... it is a pair of scissors - via the DHS
 
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/nationa...puVezePd6trYoM

Quote:

Homeland Security has advice for confronting mass murders: scissors

WASHINGTON — Is your workplace getting shot up by a crazed gunman?

No problem — just grab a pair of scissors and fight back!

That’s some of the helpful advice in a new instructional video from the Department of Homeland Security that was posted on the agency’s Web site just a month after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

“If you are caught out in the open and cannot conceal yourself or take cover, you might consider trying to overpower the shooter with whatever means are available,” says the narrator in the video, which shows an office worker pulling scissors out of a desk drawer.

The video, titled “Options for Consideration,” also advises that people who get caught in an “active shooter” situation should run away, hide under a desk or take cover out of the line of fire.

The nearly four-minute-long video opens with chilling scenes from the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, and the 2011 attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords.

But the video quickly shifts to hokey footage of office workers scampering under desks, crouching in corners and racing into closets to hide from a rampaging gunman on the loose.

“To protect your hiding place, lock the door if you can. Block the door with heavy furniture,” recommends the male narrator, speaking in measured, authoritative tones.

Other survival strategies promoted in the video include hiding “behind large items such as cabinets or desks. Remain quiet. Silence your cellphone or pager. Even the vibration setting can give away a hiding position.”

Richard Feldman, president of the Independent Firearm Owners Association, said he has a better option for consideration than a pair of scissors when confronting an armed mass murderer — a legal firearm.

“That’s why I prefer a gun, and I usually do carry a gun when it is lawful to do so,” said Feldman. “Clearly, you use whatever you can” to fight for your life, he said.

So if scissors are all you’ve got, grab them by all means.

The video is part of the Obama administration’s ongoing campaign to reduce firearm violence in the wake of the horrific mass murder last month of 20 children and six teachers in Newtown, Conn., said a Homeland Security official.

Homeland Security has operated an active-shooter preparedness-training program for years, and the “Options for Consideration” video was in production prior to the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown.

The video was released to coincide with President Obama’s sweeping proposals to curb gun violence in America, said the official.

Obama’s most controversial proposals include a ban on military-style assault rifles and high-capacity ammo clips, as well as expanded background checks for firearm purchases.

Security consultant Andrew Scott called the information in the video “adequate.”

He conceded that Homeland Security was correct in recommending that people use scissors to attack a gunman but only in a “last, worst-case scenario.”

“Just the suggestion [to fight back] is a positive move,” said Scott, a former SWAT commander in North Miami Beach. “You don’t want to be sheep for the slaughter.”

But if you do arm yourself with shears, the narrator warns you to drop them when cops arrive.

“Put down any items. Immediately raise your hands,” is the closing advice.
Solid advice. BTW... in case of a nuclear emergency make sure to hide under your desk with your hands protecting the back of your neck. Being under a desk will shield you from all harmful radiation and will extend a shield around now only you but everyone within 10 feet of you.

LiveSteam 01-31-2013 12:37 PM

America :facepalm:

Saul Good 01-31-2013 12:44 PM

It's not bad advice, really. In general, if attacked, you should run from someone with a knife and charge someone who has a gun.

Frazod 01-31-2013 12:49 PM

If I was in this situation I'd probably opt for a fire extinguisher. Blast somebody coming around a corner in the face with one of those bad boys and they'll be instantly blinded and disoriented - then use it to bash their ****ing skull in. Better than scissors, IMO.

But still, I'd much rather have a gun.

listopencil 01-31-2013 12:54 PM

I would pull a thread from my clothing and hurl it at the aggressor with the speed of a hurricane wind, lodging the thread in their brain and killing them instantly. Because I'm ninja like that.

petegz28 01-31-2013 01:07 PM

JFC, you peeps are weak.......LASER VISION!!!!

petegz28 01-31-2013 01:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Saul Good (Post 9367861)
It's not bad advice, really. In general, if attacked, you should run from someone with a knife and charge someone who has a gun.

If I have my firearm already drawn, charging me would only mean you'll die with a pair of scissors in your hand :evil:

HemiEd 01-31-2013 01:31 PM

I thought one of those 5 hour energy doses just might make all of this go away.

KILLER_CLOWN 01-31-2013 02:39 PM

I would use what John Ritter uses about 39 minutes into this classic flick....no gun required man...

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CrazyPhuD 01-31-2013 03:13 PM

Yea but what if all we have is safety scissors????

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Angry-Birds-S...71!~~60_35.JPG

mikey23545 01-31-2013 03:22 PM

Will assault scissors be legal?

mikey23545 01-31-2013 03:23 PM

How about staplers that can hold more than 10 staples?

Iowanian 01-31-2013 03:51 PM

I had a conversation with a local government regarding the topic of weapons on property owned or controlled by that entity. One of the board members informed me that I could throw my soda at someone who came into that room with a weapon.

In the opinion of that person, the only people who should have weapons were proven combat veterans who proved they could control their weapon under fire.

I then asked 2 police officers and a retired DNR agent if they had ever fired their weapon in anger. I followed that up asking them if they felt qualified to have them.

Yes....a soda bottle will protect me from an armed mad man.

CrazyPhuD 01-31-2013 04:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Iowanian (Post 9368372)
I had a conversation with a local government regarding the topic of weapons on property owned or controlled by that entity. One of the board members informed me that I could throw my soda at someone who came into that room with a weapon.

In the opinion of that person, the only people who should have weapons were proven combat veterans who proved they could control their weapon under fire.

I then asked 2 police officers and a retired DNR agent if they had ever fired their weapon in anger. I followed that up asking them if they felt qualified to have them.

Yes....a soda bottle will protect me from an armed mad man.

Just make sure the soda is < 16 ounces or sugar free or you might be charged with a felony for throwing it!


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