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Shortly after the Sandy Hook School shooting, the Department of Homeland Security released a three miute video discussing what to do in the event that you find yourself in the middle of an "active shooter" situation. The brief video suggests hiding in a place where the shooter is less likely to notice you, but it also suggests arming yourself with whatever is available, like a scissor or other sharp object so if you're forced to come face to face with the attacker, you have the option of trying to defend yourself. CBS News 2 examines the alternatives with the help of Security USA's David Boehm.
A three minute video released by the Department of Homeland Security in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting and the attack on U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson Oklahoma provides suggestions for what to do in the event that you find yourself cought up in an active shooter situation or similar attack. The video came under attack as being insensitive, as most of the victims in Sandy Hook were children, but the US government says that the video was already in production and was not triggered byt he sandy Hook attack.
The video explains that the first line of defense is to hide as well as possible, but the video also suggests arming yourself so that you have a chance to defend yourself in the event that you come face to face with your attacker.
The video's message was controversial. Some private citizens felt that it was asking too much of the average person and that the suggested plan of action would be too dangerous. Others agreed that while a scissor sin't much of a weapon against a gun, it would be better than nothing and increase your odds of survival. Doing nothing would be pose an even greater danger. Security USA's David Boehm, a retired NYPD Lieutenant supported the message in the video, explaining that arming yourself can give you options that you might not otherwise have. He states that engaging the attacker should only be undertaken as a last resort, but that having conscioulsy thought about strategies in advance can save lives in the event of an attack.
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