Shear Madness: Department of Homeland Security Says You Should Use Scissors to Fight Off Gun Attacks

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 at 8:56 am

These people really have your best interest in mind, huh? Can it get any dumber than this?

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.

Great. When confronted by a madman don’t protect yourself of blow the animal away. Just run away. They really think we’re a nation of cowards.

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.


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8 Responses to “Shear Madness: Department of Homeland Security Says You Should Use Scissors to Fight Off Gun Attacks”

  1. MT Geoff on 31/31/13 at 10:21 am

    Of course scissors against an active shooter is a losing proposition, although slightly better than nothing.
    More broadly, though, we’ve seen a problem with active shooter situations where people could respond and haven’t done so. Even without a firearm, people can throw whatever is available and distract the shooter. This is risky but the active-shooter scenario forces people to choose between risks. Va Tech showed that locking into classrooms was a lot less effective than people hoped.
    I don’t know what the adults at Sandy Hook tried to do. We know it wasn’t effective, alas. An office has a lot of stuff that can be used for a weapon at need.
    I think one issue is that people have been told not to fight back since they were in grade school. The aggressive ones don’t care about that, but responsible people have gotten the idea that physical resistance is wrong. That’s a terrible lesson for us to have taught.
    One other thing about Sandy Hook: Adam Lanza killed 28 people. He killed his mother and himself and their deaths are also tragedies.

  2. theBuckWheat on 31/31/13 at 10:49 am

    The more important fact about Sandy Hook is that the episode began when the murderer shot his own mother four times in the head while she lay in bed.

    As tough as it is for liberals to accept, if anything shows that their god (government) is a limited institution that has limits, this is it. No government nor law would have stopped murder, for had he not had a firearm, he would have used something else, and in New York State at least, in 2012 twice as many people were killed with hammers than with rifles.

  3. MT Geoff on 31/31/13 at 12:21 pm

    I’ve commented before that I had doubts about Lanza using the Bushmaster in the school shootings. I’ve been doing some rummaging and it looks like he did use the Bushmaster.
    One of those sources claimed the Bushmaster was named after GW Bush, which is absurd, but some looked legitimate.
    Lanza’s use of a Bushmaster would not be an excuse for curtailing the rights of responsible citizens but we need to discuss the issue on the facts. If Lanza used the Bushmaster in the school, we have to acknowledge it.
    I still hold some doubts. It’s very odd to me that this question, of all questions, is hard to answer. I know there was a statement that the police would give a detailed briefing but that was weeks ago and, as far as I know, it is still pending.

  4. dixshooter on 31/31/13 at 2:14 pm

    not to mention in elementary schools the only scissors laying around are likely to be safety scissors, not the sharp “adult/assault” style… Way to think it through DHS!

  5. Ken in NH on 31/31/13 at 4:20 pm

    As a military contractor working on on post, I had to take an “active shooter” course on line that had this exact same advice. It seems stupid to me that I was working with people in uniform that had to take weapons training but were prohibited from carrying a weapon (either issued to them or personal) on post. At least they taught me that if the attacker is using firearms that I should try to hide in a slightly elevated position because bullets tend to travel along the floor rather than ricochet and, conversely, if they are using grenades it is best to remain flat because fragments move up and out.

  6. vera on 31/31/13 at 7:37 pm

    Hey, what a great suggestion!!! I’m gonna get me bunch of scissors for my personal defence, sure……as soon as Napolitano, Oblamer and all of our dear polititians force their body guards and secret service members to drop the guns and pick up scissors instead. Cheers!