Homeland Security posted a video on their website about a month after the Sandy Hook shooting that gave instructions as to how to deal with a mass shooter at work. It was meant to coincide with Obama’s sweeping executive actions on “reducing gun violence.”
The video, called “Options for Consideration,” portrays helpless office workers scurrying around, hiding under desks or behind corners and cowering before the cops who save them.
They’re advised by the narrator to ignore injured or dead co-workers and to just focus on getting out safely. But if someone is in a situation where he can’t leave his office for fear of being seen by the shooter, then he should grab whatever he can to defend himself such as a pair of scissors and crouch under his desk and wait quietly. A Homeland Security official clarified that one should only use that pair of scissors as a “last, worst-case scenario.”
Not surprisingly, there was not one word about these office workers owning or using a gun. That would sort of defeat the purpose of Homeland Security. They’re supposed to keep us poor, defenseless victims safe, not help us keep ourselves safe. So the premise of the instructional video is that no one owns guns, and we all need Homeland Security to keep us safe.
I would venture to guess that confronting a mass shooter with a gun would be more effective than a pair of scissors, and a semi-automatic rifle would be better than a handgun. But, no. They recommend using a pair of scissors. You might as well use a sharpened pencil. That’ll really show him.
Once again, the irony here is that by creating an environment of defenseless office workers, gun violence would most likely be increased, not reduced by a mass shooter, even though he would be the only one to have a gun or guns. If several office workers were packing, they could take out the shooter and prevent him from shooting anyone else. That would truly be reducing gun violence.
This DHS propaganda video reminds me of the “Duck and Cover” videos geared toward school-aged kids during the Cold War. In these instructional videos, kids were advised in the event of an unexpected nuclear blast to immediately get on the floor under something like a desk or table and assume a prone-like position, covering any exposed areas of their body with their clothing and to cover the backs of their heads with their hands if necessary. As if that would protect kids from a nuclear explosion. As if a pair of scissors would protect an office worker from a deranged mass shooter.