Homeland Security Tip: Fend Off Shooter With Scissors
Video provides advice on protection in a mass shooting
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 31, 2013 8:21 AM CST
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(Newser) – The Department of Homeland Security has released a video advising Americans on how to deal with a mass shooting—and some of its tips have the New York Post scratching its head. For instance, the video suggests that "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" ... and then shows a man arming himself with scissors.

The video, which features actors responding to a mass shooter in a way the Post deems a bit "hokey," was being made before the Dec. 14 Newtown shooting. An official says its release was timed to sync with President Obama's call for increased gun control. So are the scissors a good choice? Yes, in a "last, worst-case scenario," says a former SWAT commander. Says a firearms advocate: "That's why I prefer a gun." Still, "clearly, you use whatever you can" to save your life.

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hog_one
Feb 2, 2013 7:18 AM CST
Let's see, Homeland Security the people who say they don't want tobe noticed by the people and stay in the shadows. Yet, here in Arizona I see a 45 foot RV with Homeland Security in big bold letters on the side going down I-17 toward Mexico. Yep, these are some real smart people.
Charie
Feb 1, 2013 10:20 PM CST
I was astonished to see Nidal Hasan, the Ft. Hood murderer included with random killers. He knew exactly who he was going to kill and knew they were all unarmed. I'm sure it's no secret on an army base that the office area is a no gun zone (did you ever hear such a ridiculous thing as an army base with a no gun zone?) He also isn't crazy. He killed for his religion so he could go to heaven and achieve his 72 virgins. Allahu Akhbar isn't like yelling "Geronimo" or "Banzai".or even "I'm gonna kill yer a$$!" Of course the DHS has been hit with the "political correctness" stick to make it even more unreliable.
HANKHILL
Feb 1, 2013 6:29 PM CST
this is by far the BIG JOKE of the year if it is real!!!!!!! if so homeland security should be shut down forever! BAD GUY BANG BANG BANG. GOOD GUY HEY YOU STOP THAT BAD BAD STOP IT NOW! I HAVE A SCISSORS!!!!!!!!! BAD GUY BANG BANG BANG!!!!!!! THAT IS IF HE DONT FALL OVER AND DIE FROM LAFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFING! sad very sad! now if you had a shoe or a sock you might have a chance!!!!!! homeland security has just taken the JOKE OF THE DECADE AWAY FROM AYATOLLAH BARAK HUSSEIN OBAMA! FUBO! FUBAR! will there be a run on scissors now? please remember it is very dangerous to run with scissors!!!!!!!!!!!!! someone may get hurt!!!!! this film if real could be one of the best lols ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!